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Jimmy CarterUniversity Distinguished ProfessorNobel Laureate39th President of the United States


The first U.S. president from the deep South to be elected in 132 years, Jimmy Carter served from 1977 to 1981.

After attending the U.S. Naval Academy and working on one of the nation's first nuclear-powered submarines, Carter returned to his family's peanut farms in Georgia in 1953. In 1962, he was elected state senator and then governor of Georgia in 1970. In 1976, Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Ford to become the thirty-ninth president of the United States.

After leaving office, he established The Carter Center, a non-governmental, nonprofit organization affiliated with Emory, where he serves as University Distinguished Professor. The Center works to advance human rights, expand peace and democracy, and eradicate disease. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are also known for their work building low-income housing with Habitat for Humanity. In 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Books & Accomplishments

Mr. Carter is the author of 32 books, many of which are now in revised editions: Why Not the Best? 1975, 1996; A Government as Good as Its People, 1977, 1996; Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, 1982, 1995; Negotiation: The Alternative to Hostility, 1984, 2003; The Blood of Abraham: Insights into the Middle East, 1985, 1993, 2007; Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, written with Rosalynn Carter, 1987, 1995; An Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections, 1988, 1994; Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age, 1992; Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation, 1993, 1995; Always a Reckoning, and other Poems, 1995; The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, illustrated by Amy Carter, 1995; Living Faith, 1996; Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith, 1997; The Virtues of Aging, 1998; An Hour before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood, 2001; Christmas in Plains: Memories, 2001; The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, 2002; The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War, 2003; Sharing Good Times, 2004; Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, 2005; Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, 2006, 2007; Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, 2007; A Remarkable Mother, 2008; We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work, 2009; White House Diary, 2010; Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President, 2011; as general editor, NIV Lessons from the Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter, 2012; A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, 2014; The Paintings of Jimmy Carter, 2014; A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, 2015; The Craftsmanship of Jimmy Carter, 2018; and Faith: A Journey for All, 2018.