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Compatriot President: James Earl Carter, Jr.

President Jimmy CarterJames (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr.

 

39th President of the US 

 

 

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Jr. served one term as the 39th President from 1977 to 1981.  He was born in Plains, GA, on October 1, 1924.  He attended Georgia Tech and Georgia Southwestern State University before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1946 and is the only graduate of the Naval Academy to become President.  Carter finished a high 59th out of his Academy class of 820.  Jimmy Carter served on surface warfare ships and qualified for diesel-electric submarines.  He is the only U.S. President to qualify in submarines.
 
Upon the death of his father in 1953, Jimmy Carter resigned his commission and returned home to take over and expand his family business in Plains.  Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.  As Governor he campaigned and won the election to become the 39th President of the US.
 
President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through The Carter Center.  He was the third US President to be awarded the Prize.  The two previous Presidents were Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
 
President Carter’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Perry Scott, who served as a private in Capt. Allen McLane's Company of the Delaware Militia.
 
President Carter is a member of the Georgia Society.  He was presented his Membership Certificate (National # 134672) in 1990.  In 1996, President Carter was presented the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.  
 
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is located in Atlanta, GA.  It houses President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to his administration and his life.  The library also hosts special exhibits such as a showing of the United States Bill of Rights and Carter's Nobel Peace Prize.