Jimmy Carter is now the longest-living former president in history, but he’s too busy to celebrate

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Friday marked another milestone for 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He officially became the oldest former president in United States history on March 22, at the age of 94 years and 172 days.

Jimmy Carter surpassed these past presidents in age:

  • George H.W. Bush lived to be 94 and 171 days.
  • Ronald Reagan lived to be 93 years and 120 days.
  • Gerald Ford lived to be 93 years and 165 days.
  • John Adams lived to be 90 years and 247 days.
  • Herbert Hoover lived to be 90 years and 71 days

George Washington, on the other hand, only lived to age 67.

Is there a reason for celebration? Yes. Is there time for a celebration? Hardly.

Former President Carter stays busy overseeing the Carter Center, which he and his wife Rosalynn, 91, co-founded in 1982. The Carter Center’s mission includes building hope, waging peace, fighting disease and promoting democracy and fair elections worldwide.

“We at the Carter Center sure are rooting for him and are grateful for his long life of service that has benefited millions of the world’s poorest people,” the center said in a statement.

Each year, Jimmy Carter heads out to a city, in the U.S. or abroad, and with Rosalynn, helps build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Their time and effort go to aid struggling families. In 2019, the Carters are scheduled to be in Nashville. Despite being in his mid-90s, Carter still physically gets out there and contributes directly to the construction of these much-needed homes.

He’s just that kind of awesome. And he always has been.

Over his 94 years, Carter has been a nuclear physicist in the Navy, the governor of Georgia, as well as president of the United States. He continues to work, write and fight for women’s rights and civil rights for all. In 1976, he facilitated a historic peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, which is still in effect, over 40 years later. Carter was the first to put solar panels on the White House and is close to seeing the complete eradication of the Guinea Worm Disease—after helping to bring down three million active cases in 1980 to less than 2 in 2016. He continues to raise the bar and set an example of what a long-lasting beautiful marriage looks like,and he spreads his Christian faith through fighting for peace, his many good deeds, and his message of love.

Jimmy Carter is one of the most beloved humanitarians this world has ever known. He has spent his lifetime helping others, and in 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here are some photos of days gone by. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Rosalynn Carter (L) , Former President Jimmy Carter (R)
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Jimmy Carter campaign poster
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Jimmy and Rosilyn Carter, surprising the crowd by walking instead of riding in a limo -  https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2000/winter/inaugurations
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THE TRIPLE HANDSHAKE IN THE SIGNING PEACE TREATY  BETWEEN ISRAEL AND EGYPT ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN.           R. TO L. P.M. MENAHEM BEGIN, PRES. JIMMY CARTER & A. SADAT.....ìçéöú éã îùåìùú ááéú äìáï, áè÷ñ çúéîú çåæä äùìåí áåï éùøàì ìîöøéí áååùéðâèåï.    áöéìåí îéîéï ìùîàì - øàù äîîùìä îðçí áâéï, ðùéà àøä"á â'éîé ÷àøèø åðùéà          îöøéí àðåàø ñàãú.
Lt. Jimmy Carter
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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 07:  U.S. President George W. Bush (C) meets with President-elect Barack Obama (2nd-L), former President Bill Clinton (2nd-R), former President Jimmy Carter (R) and former President George H.W. Bush (L) in the Oval Office January 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nations?s 44th president.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Jimmy Carter is a national treasure. He is a world treasure. And he is still going strong.

Want to know more about him? Here’s some recommended reading!

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