Jimmy Carter (1924 – ) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is remembered for the events that overwhelmed it—inflation, energy crisis, war in Afghanistan, and hostages in Iran. After one term in office, voters strongly rejected Jimmy Carter's honest but gloomy … more life in brief » Essays about Jimmy Carter Life in Brief Life in Brief: Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is remembered for the events that overwhelmed it—inflation, energy crisis, war in Afghanistan, and hostages in Iran. After one term in office, voters strongly rejected Jimmy Carter's honest but gloomy outlook in favor of Ronald Reagan's telegenic … Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: James Earl Carter's ancestors had lived in America since the 1630s. They were residents of Georgia since just after the Revolution. “Jimmy” Carter’s parents, Earl and Lillian Carter, owned a peanut farm and warehouse and a store outside the small town of Plains, Georgia. Earl was bright, h… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: The Campaign and Election of 1976: Jimmy Carter took his first step on the road to the White House in 1972 by becoming chair of the Democratic Governor's Campaign Committee, and then his second step in 1974 by getting himself named as the campaign chairman of the Democratic National Committee. …Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: Jimmy Carter sought to run the country the way he had run his farm—with unassuming austerity. This would be no "imperial presidency" like those of Johnson and Nixon. On inauguration day, Carter got out of the limousine and walked to the White House, delighting the crowd and horri…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: Before assuming the presidency, Jimmy Carter had been a one-term governor of a southern state with no national or international experience. He did, however, have his own foreign policy goals. Carter believed in the rule of law in international affairs and in the principle of self-determinati…Life After the Presidency Life After the Presidency: To many people, Jimmy Carter has provided Americans with an ideal model of post-presidential life. In fact, some consider him to be the nation's greatest former President. He has emerged as a champion of human rights and worked for several charitable causes. To that end, Carter founded the C…Family Life Family Life: Of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's four children, three were grown by the time he became president. His daughter Amy lived with her parents at the White House and attended public schools in Washington. She was later admitted to Brown University. The Carters were, by and large, unpretentious people.…The American Franchise The American Franchise: Although Jimmy Carter helped to restore faith in government after the Nixon Watergate debacle and the Ford pardon, during his presidency the authority of government declined. More Americans than ever before believed that government was being run for large interests not the common good, that America …Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: Jimmy Carter is much more highly regarded today than when he lost his bid for reelection in 1980. He has produced an exemplary post-presidency, and today there is an increased appreciation for the enormity of the task he took on in 1977, if not for the measures he took to deal with the crises th… About His Administration First Lady Rosalynn Carter Vice President Walter Mondale Secretary of State Edmund Muskie (1980–1981) Cyrus Vance (1977–1980) Secretary of Defense Harold Brown (1977–1981) Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus (1977–1981) Attorney General Griffin Bell (1977–1979) Benjamin Civiletti (1979–1981) Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal (1977–1979) G. William Miller (1979–1981) Secretary of Health and Human Services Patricia R. Harris (1980–1981) Secretary of Labor F. Ray Marshall (1977–1981) Secretary of Commerce Juanita Kreps (1977–1979) Philip Klutznick (1979–1981) Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bergland (1977–1981) Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr. (1977–1979) Patricia R. Harris (1979–1980) Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler (1980–1981) Secretary of Energy Charles Duncan, Jr. (1979–1981) James R. Schlesinger (1977–1979) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia R. Harris (1977–1979) Moon Landrieu (1979–1981) Secretary of Transportion Brock Adams (1977–1979) Neil Goldschmidt (1979–1981) Jimmy Carter Oral History Interviews Richard Moe and Michael Berman Hamilton Jordan Jimmy Carter Gerald M. Rafshoon Bert Lance view all interviews » Facts about Jimmy Carter Term: 39th President of the United States (1977 – 1981) Born: October 1, 1924, Plains, Georgia Political Party: Democratic Education: Georgia Southwestern College, 1941–1942; Georgia Institute of Technology, 1942–1943; United States Naval Academy, 1943–1946 (class of 1947); Union College, 1952–1953 Religion: Baptist Marriage: Eleanor Rosalynn Smith (b. August 18, 1927), July 7, 1946 Children: John William (Jack) (1947–), James Earl III (Chip) (1950–), Donnel Jeffrey (Jeff) (1952–), Amy Lynn (1967–) Career: Soldier; Farmer, Warehouseman, Public Official, Professor WritingsWhy Not the Best? (1975); A Government as Good as Its People (1977); The Wit and Wisdom of Jimmy Carter (1977); Keeping Faith (1982); Everything to Gain(1987); An Outdoor Journal (1988); Turning Point (1992); The Blood of Abraham(1993); Always a Reckoning (1995); Living Faith (1996); The Virtues of Aging (1998); An Hour Before Daylight (2001); The Hornet’s Nest (2003); Sharing Good Times (2004) Jimmy Carter Image Gallery More images » Featured video: Address to the Nation on Energy (April 18, 1977) Presidential Speech Archive Citation Information Consulting Editor Robert A. Strong Professor Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is also an associate editor of the White House Studies journal and has worked on the Presidential Oral History program at the Miller Center. His writings include: Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000) Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making (M.E. Sharpe, 2005) Ronald Reagan » « Gerald Ford American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!