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Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Americans Celebrate The Iconic Jimmy Carter As He Turns 94

Date October 1, 2018 14:15

Today, Americans the world over celebrate the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, as he turns 94. Carter was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia, to a successful businessman and a nurse. He is on record as the first President to be born in a hospital.

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Celebrating this momentous occasion with him are his wife Rosalynn and four children: Jack, James, Donnel, and Amy. Although he recorded laudable achievement during his time at the White House, the hiatus of his public service career took place after he left the Office.

He used to be a farmer

Carter is an Army veteran having served in Annapolis during World War II. He quit the army later on when his family's peanut farm was in a decline. Soon after, Carter became involved in local politics through the education board.

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He first ran for Governor in 1966 but lost the race. Nevertheless, he tried again and secured the top spot in Georgia by 1970. His chances of becoming President in 1976 were slim as he faced tough competition from Gerald Ford but eventually he won.

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After leaving the Office, Carter became the first former President to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He continues to lend his voice to settling conflicts around the world, fighting human rights violations, and disease prevention initiatives. He was also instrumental to the Camp David peace accords in spite of his battles with the media.

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Celebrating an icon

Americans and other people around the world are sending in congratulatory messages to President Carter on this grand day and indeed, he deserves all the accolades.

Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980, and the controversy surrounding the Iranian Hostage Crisis remains the main cause. Still, Americans remember him for his many other achievements. Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

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