101 Facts About President Jimmy Carter

1. President Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, which was partially a response to President George W Bush's threats of war against Iraq and Carter's criticism of the Bush administration.

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2. President Jimmy Carter has made arrangements to be buried in front of his home in Plains, Georgia.

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3. On January 20, 2017, at age 92, President Jimmy Carter became the oldest living former president to attend a presidential inauguration.

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4. On December 6, 2015, President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that his medical scans no longer showed any cancer.

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5. President Jimmy Carter was first cousin to politician Hugh Carter and a distant cousin to the Carter family of musicians.

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6. President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school and is a deacon at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains.

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7. President Jimmy Carter has an interest in poetry, particularly the works of Dylan Thomas.

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8. In July 2017, President Jimmy Carter concluded the US would eventually see the implementation of a single-payer healthcare system.

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9. President Jimmy Carter described the reason for his decision as due to: "an increasing inclination on the part of Southern Baptist Convention leaders to be more rigid on what is a Southern Baptist and exclusionary of accommodating those who differ from them.

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10. President Jimmy Carter was criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union for not doing enough to find alternatives.

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11. President Jimmy Carter continues to occasionally teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church.

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12. President Jimmy Carter serves as an Honorary Chair for the World Justice Project, and formerly served as one on the Continuity of Government Commission from 2003 to 2011.

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13. President Jimmy Carter delivered a videotape address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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14. President Jimmy Carter endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination during the primary season of the 2012 election cycle, though he clarified his backing of Romney was due to him considering the former Massachusetts governor the candidate that could best assure a victory for President Obama.

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15. President Jimmy Carter voiced concerns of another voting mishap in the state of Florida.

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16. In 1985, President Jimmy Carter rebuked Reagan over his handling of peace within the Middle East, his support of the Strategic Defense Initiative, and Reagan's claim of an international conspiracy on terrorism.

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17. President Jimmy Carter responded favorably to Reagan choosing to remain within the Camp David agreement, with distaste toward what he felt was Reagan blaming his tenure for continued difficulties in policy.

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18. President Jimmy Carter spoke out after the assassination attempt on Reagan, and voiced his agreement with Reagan on building neutron arms in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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19. President Jimmy Carter began his first year out of office with a pledge not to critique the new Reagan administration.

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20. President Jimmy Carter attempted traveling to Zimbabwe in November 2008, but was stopped by President Robert Mugabe's government.

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21. In July 2007, President Jimmy Carter joined Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, to announce his participation in The Elders, a group of independent global leaders who work together on peace and human rights issues.

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22. In 2006, President Jimmy Carter stated his disagreements with the domestic and foreign policies of Israel while saying he was in favor of the country, extending his criticisms to Israel's policies in Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza.

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23. President Jimmy Carter toured Cuba again for three days in March 2011.

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24. President Jimmy Carter conducted a tour of Cuba in May 2002 that included meeting with Fidel Castro and meeting political dissidents such as the AIDS sanitarium, a medical school, a biotech facility, an agricultural production cooperative, and a school for disabled children.

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25. President Jimmy Carter traveled to North Korea to secure the release of Aijalon Gomes in August 2010, successfully negotiating his release.

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26. In 1982, President Jimmy Carter founded the President Jimmy Carter Center, a non-governmental and non-profit organization with the purpose of advancing human rights and alleviating human suffering, including helping improve the quality of life for people in more than 80 countries.

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27. President Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan in a landslide, and the Senate went Republican for the first time since 1952.

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28. President Jimmy Carter faced strong challenges from the right, the center (independent John B Anderson), and the left (Democrat Ted Kennedy).

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29. President Jimmy Carter made several trips to the Middle East to broker peace negotiations.

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30. President Jimmy Carter made twelve international trips to twenty-five countries during his presidency.

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31. From June 30 to July 1, 1977, President Jimmy Carter held meetings with President of South Korea Park Chung-hee at the Blue House for a discussion on relations between the US and Korea as well as Carter's interest in preserving his policy of worldwide tension reduction.

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32. President Jimmy Carter called for a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, which raised a bitter controversy.

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33. President Jimmy Carter was surprised by the invasion, as the consensus of the US intelligence community during 1978 and 1979—reiterated as late as September 29, 1979—was that "Moscow would not intervene in force even if it appeared likely that the Khalq government was about to collapse.

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34. On February 8, 1977, President Jimmy Carter stated he had urged the Soviet Union to align with the US in forming "a comprehensive test ban to stop all nuclear testing for at least an extended period of time" and that he was in favor of the Soviet Union ceasing deployment of the RSD-10 Pioneer.

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35. On November 15, 1977, President Jimmy Carter pledged his administration would continue positive relations between the US and Iran, calling its contemporary status "strong, stable and progressive".

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36. President Jimmy Carter reiterated interests in convening a peace conference on the subject of Rhodesia that would involve all parties and reported that the US was moving as it could.

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37. President Jimmy Carter was the first US president to visit Nigeria.

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38. President Jimmy Carter visited Nigeria from March 31—April 3, 1978, the trip being an attempt by the Carter administration to improve relations with the country.

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39. President Jimmy Carter expanded the Head Start program with the addition of 43,000 children and families, while the percentage of nondefense dollars spent on education was doubled.

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40. President Jimmy Carter was part of a push for deregulation of the industry, supported by leading economists, leading 'think tanks' in Washington, a civil society coalition advocating the reform, the head of the regulatory agency, Senate leadership, the Carter administration, and even some in the airline industry.

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41. President Jimmy Carter was weakened by a signing of bill that contained many of the "hit list" projects.

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42. President Jimmy Carter found himself at odds with Congressional Democrats once more, Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill finding it inappropriate for a president to pursue what had traditionally been the role of Congress.

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43. President Jimmy Carter missed and never returned phone calls on his part.

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44. President Jimmy Carter acknowledged that several more "Love Canals" existed across the country, and that discovering such hazardous dumpsites was "one of the grimmest discoveries of our modern era".

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45. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency in the neighborhood of Love Canal in the city of Niagara Falls, New York.

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46. On March 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter submitted a standby gasoline rationing plan per the request of Congress.

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47. President Jimmy Carter wore sweaters to offset turning up the heat in the White House.

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48. President Jimmy Carter encouraged energy conservation by all US citizens and installed solar water heating panels on the White House.

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49. On January 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter told reporters that he would free himself from potential conflicts of interest by leaving his peanut business in the hands of trustees.

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50. President Jimmy Carter attempted to calm various conflicts around the world, most visibly in the Middle East with the signing of the Camp David Accords; giving back the Panama Canal to Panama; and signing the SALT II nuclear arms reduction treaty with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

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51. President Jimmy Carter carried fewer states than Ford—23 states to the defeated Ford's 27—yet Carter won with the largest percentage of the popular vote of any non-incumbent since Dwight Eisenhower.

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52. President Jimmy Carter won the popular vote by 50.1 percent to 48.0 percent for Ford, and received 297 electoral votes to Ford's 240.

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53. President Jimmy Carter began the race with a sizable lead over Ford, who narrowed the gap during the campaign, but lost to Carter in a narrow defeat on November 2, 1976.

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54. President Jimmy Carter was interviewed by Robert Scheer of Playboy for the November 1976 issue, which hit the newsstands a couple of weeks before the election.

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55. President Jimmy Carter attacked Washington in his speeches, and offered a religious salve for the nation's wounds.

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56. President Jimmy Carter, responding to an interviewer in April 1976 during his presidential campaign, said "I have nothing against a community that is.

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57. President Jimmy Carter had traveled over 50,000 miles, visited 37 states, and delivered over 200 speeches before any other candidate entered the race.

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58. President Jimmy Carter used a two-prong strategy: in the South, which most had tacitly conceded to Alabama's George Wallace, Carter ran as a moderate favorite son.

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59. President Jimmy Carter became the front-runner early on by winning the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

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60. On December 12, 1974, President Jimmy Carter announced his candidacy for President of the United States at National Press Club in Washington, DC His speech contained themes of domestic inequality, optimism, and change.

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61. In May 1973, President Jimmy Carter warned the Democratic Party against politicizing the Watergate scandal, the occurrence of which he attributed to President Richard Nixon exercising isolation from Americans and secrecy in his decision making.

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62. President Jimmy Carter tried unsuccessfully to become chairman of the National Governors Association to boost his visibility.

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63. President Jimmy Carter had quietly decided to begin putting a presidential bid together.

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64. President Jimmy Carter was still fairly obscure at the time, and his attempt at triangulation failed; the 1972 Democratic ticket went to McGovern and Senator Thomas Eagleton.

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65. President Jimmy Carter tried to ingratiate himself with the conservative, anti-McGovern voters, so that the convention would consider him for McGovern's running mate on a compromise ticket.

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66. President Jimmy Carter was named to several southern planning commissions and was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention, where the liberal US Senator George McGovern was the likely presidential nominee.

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67. President Jimmy Carter took pride in his program for the appointment of judges and state government officials.

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68. President Jimmy Carter co-sponsored an anti-busing resolution with George Wallace at the 1971 National Governors Conference, which Carter hosted.

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69. President Jimmy Carter hired Rita Jackson Samuels, a black woman, to advise him on potential appointments.

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70. President Jimmy Carter expanded the number of black state employees, judges, and board members.

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71. On March 1, 1972, President Jimmy Carter stated a possible usage of a special session of the General Assembly could take place in the event that the Justice Department opted to turn down any reapportionment plans by either the House or Senate.

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72. On January 13, 1972, President Jimmy Carter requested the state legislature provide funding for an Early Childhood Development Program along with prison reform programs and 48 million in pay taxes for nearly all state employees.

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73. President Jimmy Carter implemented zero-based budgeting within state departments and added a Judicial Selection Commission to verify the credentials of judges appointed by the governor.

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74. President Jimmy Carter looked to aggressively expand the governor's authority while reducing the complexity of the state government.

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75. President Jimmy Carter had endorsed Maddox, although the two did not campaign as a ticket.

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76. President Jimmy Carter declared in his inaugural speech that "the time of racial discrimination is over.

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77. President Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971.

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78. President Jimmy Carter won the runoff election with 60 percent of the vote—winning 7 percent of the black vote—and went on to win the general election easily over the Republican Hal Suit, a local news anchor.

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79. President Jimmy Carter implied support or dislike of private schools, depending on the audience.

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80. President Jimmy Carter positioned himself as a populist, quickly going negative against Sanders for his wealth and associating him with the national Democratic Party.

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81. President Jimmy Carter was re-elected in 1964 to serve a second two-year term.

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82. President Jimmy Carter became chairman of the West Central Georgia Planning and Development Commission, which oversaw the disbursement of federal and state grants for projects such as historic site restoration.

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83. President Jimmy Carter was a diligent legislator who took speed-reading courses to keep up with the workload.

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84. President Jimmy Carter was in favor of racial tolerance and integration—at one point, the local White Citizens' Council boycotted his peanut warehouse when he refused to join them—but he often kept those feelings to himself to avoid making enemies.

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85. President Jimmy Carter was knowledgeable in scientific and technological subjects, and he set out to expand the family's peanut-growing business.

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86. President Jimmy Carter served in the inactive Navy Reserve until 1961, and left the service with the rank of lieutenant.

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87. President Jimmy Carter was ordered to Chalk River to lead a US maintenance crew that joined other American and Canadian service personnel to assist in the shutdown of the reactor.

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88. President Jimmy Carter was sent to the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, DC for three month temporary duty, while Rosalynn moved with their children to Schenectady, New York.

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89. President Jimmy Carter was promoted to lieutenant junior grade in 1949.

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90. President Jimmy Carter graduated 60th out of 820 midshipmen in the class of 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as an ensign.

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91. President Jimmy Carter was a sprint football player for the Navy Midshipmen.

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92. President Jimmy Carter attended the Plains High School from 1937 to 1941.

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93. President Jimmy Carter was an enterprising teenager who was given his own acre of Earl's farmland where he grew, packaged, and sold peanuts.

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94. President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of Thomas Cornell, an ancestor of Cornell University's founder, and is distantly related to Richard Nixon and Bill Gates.

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95. President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of English immigrant Thomas Carter, who settled in Virginia in 1635.

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96. President Jimmy Carter has criticized some of Israel's actions and policies in regards to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and has advocated for a two-state solution.

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97. President Jimmy Carter has written over 30 books ranging from memoirs and politics to poetry and inspiration.

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98. President Jimmy Carter has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, monitor elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations.

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99. President Jimmy Carter established the Carter Center in 1982 to promote and expand human rights.

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100. President Jimmy Carter is currently the oldest and earliest serving of all living US presidents.

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101. In 2012, President Jimmy Carter surpassed Herbert Hoover as the longest-retired president in US history and in 2017 became the first president to mark the 40th anniversary of his inauguration.

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