Jimmy Carter Quick Facts

Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.)
39th President of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center

Plains, Georgia, October 1, 1924, the son of James Earl and Lillian (Gordy) Carter

Rosalynn Smith, July 7, 1946

John William, James Earl III, Donnel Jeffrey, Amy Lynn

Georgia Southwestern College, 1941 – 42
Georgia Institute of Technology, 1942 – 43
B.S., US Naval Academny, 1946 (class of 1947)

Union College, 1952 – 53


Jimmy Carter graduated from the Naval Academy on June 5, 1946.

US Navy to rank of lieutenant, 1946 – 53
Farmer, warehouseman, Plains, GA 1953 -77
Georgia Senate, 1963 – 67
Governor of Georgia, 1971 – 75
President of the United Statees, 1977 – 81
University Distiniguished Professor, Emory University, 1982 –

Jimmy Carter is the author of over 25 books, including “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.”
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Member, Sumter County (GA) School Board, 1955 – 62, chair, 1960 – 62
Member, Americus and Sumter County Hospital Authority, 1956 – 70
Member, Sumter County Library Boar, 1961
President, Georgia Planning Association, 1968
District Governor, Lions Clubs Internation, 1968 – 69
Chair, congressional campaign committe, Democratic National Committe, 1973 – 73
Founder, The Carter Center, 1982
Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity, 1984 – 87
Chair, board of trustees, The Carter Center, Inc., 1986 – .
Chair, Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas, 1986 – .
Chair, Council of the Internation Negotiation Network, 1991 – .
Co-chair, Commission on Radio and Television Policy, 1991 – .
Chair, Internation Human Rights Council, 1994 – .


In 2002, Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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

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
Foreign Language Advocate Award, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 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
S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, Jefferson Awards, 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
Audubon Medal, National Audubon Society, 1994
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
Four Freedom Award; Freedom medal, 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, Delta Air Lines & The 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 (shared with his wife, Rosalynn Carter)
Recipient of 2009 American Peace Award along with Rosalynn Carter
International Catalonia Award 2010
Order of the Crown from the Kingdom of Belgium, in 2011.
International Advocate for Peace award by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution at Cardozo School of Law, April 10, 2013
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2016

Honary Degrees
LL.D. (honoris causa) 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
Queen’s University, 2012.
D.Eng (honoris causa) Georgia Institute of Technology, 1979
Ph.D (honoris causa) Weizmann Institute of Science, 1980
Tel Aviv University, 1983
University of Haifa, 1987
D.H.L. (honoris causa) Central Connecticut State University, 1985
Trinity College, 1998
Hoseo University, 1998
Doctor (honoris causa) 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

Political Party


Plains, Georgia

The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia