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.
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!
- Jimmy Carter: Losing my religion for equality
- Jimmy Carter – A President Of Peace: ‘We Never Dropped A Bomb… We Never Went To War’
- Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter caught on Kiss Cam while celebrating Pride Night with Atlanta Hawks
- How to meet President Jimmy Carter in Plains, GA on any given Sunday
- Citizens United and today’s campaign money is ‘legal bribery’ says Jimmy Carter
- Jimmy Carter First To Use Solar PanelsOn The White House In 1979 – Guess Who Took Them Down?
- Jimmy Carter urges Obama to take these steps to help bring peace between Israel & Palestine
- Jimmy Carter: We are at a turning point—women are key agents of the changes we need
- Watch our 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter endorses Hillary Clinton
- Jimmy Carter’s TED Talk: ‘The mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse’
- Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate a big beautiful marriage: ‘We’re closer than ever’on
- 19 years later, single mom posts thank you to President Carter about positive impact of ‘Habitat’ home
- Jimmy Carter takes interview, while building homes, to discuss controversial issues—because he can
- Jimmy Carter & The Carter Center 2 cases away from ending Guinea Worm Disease(from 3 million)
- Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter announce they will head to Canada for the 2017 Habitat for Humanity project