published : 2023-10-01

The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Carter: From President to Hospice Care at 99

Former Georgia Representative Austin Scott Pays Tribute to the 'Legendary Georgian'

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the U.S. Naval Academy, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter turned 99 on Sunday, marking another remarkable milestone in a life filled with extraordinary achievements.

Born in Plains, Georgia, Carter's journey took him from the U.S. Naval Academy to the presidency, but it is his unwavering faith in Christianity that has always been the cornerstone of his life.

In a recent interview on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum,' presidential historian Douglas Brinkley spoke of Carter's strong religious beliefs and the deep significance they hold for him.

Now, as Carter enters hospice care in his hometown, his faith remains the driving force that sustains him.

Carter's path to public service began after his military service, when he took over his family's peanut farm and eventually entered politics.

He served as a Georgia state senator and later as the governor of the Peach State before embarking on his historic presidential campaign.

A serene shot of Plains, Georgia, the hometown of Jimmy Carter, taken with a Nikon D850

In 1976, Carter narrowly defeated Republican incumbent President Gerald Ford to become the 39th president of the United States.

Throughout his presidency, Carter made significant contributions to education, international relations, and nuclear disarmament.

He established the Department of Education, negotiated the amity agreement between Egypt and Israel in 1978, and completed the SALT II nuclear limitation treaty with the Soviet Union.

However, Carter's presidency also faced challenges, notably the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis which lasted 444 days.

It was under Carter's successor, President Ronald Reagan, that the hostages were finally released.

Despite his accomplishments and setbacks, Carter's legacy extends beyond his time in the Oval Office.

Jimmy Carter delivering a speech during his presidential campaign, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III

He has become the longest-living U.S. president, surpassing his predecessor, the late President George H. W. Bush.

Carter's remarkable life took an unexpected turn in 2015 when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Since then, he has been in hospice care, but his spirit remains strong, fortified by his Christian faith.

As we reflect on Carter's journey from the farm to the White House to hospice care, we recognize the indelible mark he has left on our nation and the world.

His unwavering devotion to his beliefs, his commitment to public service, and his ability to navigate through challenges with resilience and grace make him a true American legend.