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Jimmy Carter Biography and Facts For Kids


Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. His full name is James Earl Carter, Jr. His nickname is ‘Jimmy’. Carter’s family had emigrated to America from England in 1635. Jimmy Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975, and was a peanut farmer and naval officer. Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter has been the most active of ex-presidents. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, and in partnership with the University, founded the Carter Center to resolve conflicts, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Jimmy Carter

When was Jimmy Carter born: October 1, 1924
Where was Jimmy Carter born: Plains, Georgia
Where did Jimmy Carter go to college: Georgia Southwestern College, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Academy, Union College
What was Jimmy Carter’s occupation before he became president: Peanut farmer, Sunday school teacher
Who was Jimmy Carter married to: Rosalynn Smith
What number president was Jimmy Carter: 39th
What political party did Jimmy Carter belong to: Democrat
who was Jimmy Carter’s vice president: Walter F. Mondale
When was Jimmy Carter president: January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
How many terms did Jimmy Carter serve: 1

Jimmy Carter Quotes

  • “If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.”
  • “Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.”
  • “Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.”
  • “I’ve looked on many women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.”
  • “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
  • “My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception.”

Accomplishments of Jimmy Carter

Many of the Carter administration’s most noteworthy accomplishments came in the field of foreign affairs. President Carter established full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and made good on a long-standing American promise to return control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians. After negotiating the necessary treaties with Panama, Carter prevailed in an exceptionally contentious ratification fight in the Senate. The outstanding achievement of the Carter presidency was the peace settlement between Israel and Egypt. President Carter also negotiated a Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union, but before the Senate could vote to ratify the treaty, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and Carter withdrew the treaty from consideration.

Honors and awards Received by Jimmy Carter

Carter has received honorary degrees from many American and foreign colleges and universities. They include:

  • LL.D. Morehouse College, 1972
  • Morris Brown College, 1972
  • University of Notre Dame, 1977
  • Emory University, 1979
  • Kwansei Gakuin University, 1981
  • Georgia Southwestern College, 1981
  • New York Law School, 1985
  • Bates College, 1985
  • Centre College, 1987
  • Creighton University, 1987
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • D.E. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1979
  • PhD Weizmann Institute of Science, 1980
  • Tel Aviv University, 1983
  • University of Haifa, 1987
  • D.H.L. Central Connecticut State University, 1985
  • Trinity College, 1998; Hoseo University, 1998
  • Doctor G.O.C. University, 1995
  • University of Juba, 2002
  • Honorary Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2007
  • Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, 2007

Among the honors Carter has received are the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

  • Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 1977
  • Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1978
  • Gold medal, International Institute for Human Rights, 1979
  • International Mediation medal, American Arbitration Association, 1979
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolent Peace Prize, 1979
  • International Human Rights Award, Synagogue Council of America, 1979
  • Conservationist of the Year Award, 1979
  • Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, 1981
  • Ansel Adams Conservation Award, Wilderness Society, 1982
  • Human Rights Award, International League of Human Rights, 1983
  • World Methodist Peace Award, 1985
  • Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, 1987
  • Edwin C. Whitehead Award, National Center for Health Education, 1989
  • Jefferson Award, American Institute of Public Service, 1990
  • Liberty Medal, National Constitution Center, 1990
  • Spirit of America Award, National Council for the Social Studies, 1990
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility Award, 1991
  • Aristotle Prize, Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, 1991
  • W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, 1992
  • Spark M. Matsunaga Medal of Peace, US Institute of Peace, 1993
  • Humanitarian Award, CARE International, 1993
  • Conservationist of the Year Medal, National Wildlife Federation, 1993
  • Rotary Award for World Understanding, 1994
  • J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, 1994
  • National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award, 1994
  • UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, 1994
  • Great Cross of the Order of Vasco Nunéz de Balboa, Panama, 1995
  • Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Award, Africare, 1996
  • Humanitarian of the Year, GQ Awards, 1996
  • Kiwanis International Humanitarian Award, 1996
  • Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 1997
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Awards for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 1997
  • United Nations Human Rights Award, 1998
  • The Hoover Medal, 1998
  • The Delta Prize for Global Understanding, University of Georgia, 1999
  • International Child Survival Award, UNICEF Atlanta, 1999
  • William Penn Mott, Jr., Park Leadership Award, National Parks Conservation Association, 2000
  • Zayed International Prize for the Environment, 2001
  • Jonathan M. Daniels Humanitarian Award, VMI, 2001
  • Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 2001
  • Christopher Award, 2002
  • Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2007
  • Berkeley Medal, University of California campus, May 2, 2007
  • International Award for Excellence and Creativity, Palestinian Authority, 2009
  • Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, James Madison University
  • Recipient of 2009 American Peace Award along with Rosalynn Carter
  • International Catalonia Award 2010
  • In 1998, the US Navy named the third and last Seawolf-class submarine honoring former President Carter and his service as a submariner officer.

Timeline of the Life of Jimmy Carter

1924 Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Ga
1941-1942 Attended Georgia Southwestern College
1942-1943 Attended Georgia Institute of Technology
1943-1946 Attended United States Naval Academy
1946 Jimmy Carter married Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
1947 Graduated United States Naval Academy
1952-1953 Attended Union College
1977 Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the U.S.
1977 Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders
1978 Carter invokes the Taft Hartley Act to end a strike of coal miners.
1978 The Carter administration grants full diplomatic status to the People’s Republic of China.
1979 Carter approves development of the MX missile.
1980 U.S. Olympic Committee votes to boycott the Moscow summer Olympics in support of Carter protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1980 Carter loses election to Ronald Reagan