James Earl Carter Jr. was born in Plains, Ga., on Oct. 1, 1924. His parents were James Earl Carter Sr. and Lillian Gordy Carter.
Cater graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1946. He served on the Navy's Atlantic and Pacific submarine fleets.
Jimmy Carter married Rosalynn Smith Carter in 1946. They went on to have four children.
Carter was elected president in 1976. Here, President Jimmy Carter is seen on television during his first fireside chat on Feb. 2, 1977
President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House, Washington, D.C., on April 5, 1977.
A portrait of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who served from 1977-1981. He tried for a second term, but lost to Ronald Reagan.
Former President Jimmy Carter (L) kisses his wife Rosalynn after addressing a press conference in Plains, Georgia, October 11, 2002. Earlier in the day, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his quest for democracy and human rights.
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks to a hometown crowd in front of his former campaign headquarters as Fred Boyles, superintendant of the Jimmy Carter Historic site looks on (R), during a transfer of the Plains depot property in Plains, Georgia on October 11, 2002. Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize earlier in the day.
Evangelist Billy Graham and three former United States presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, chuckle at a speaker's remarks before the dedication of Graham's Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 31, 2007.
Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (L) shakes hands with the former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter during a ceremony marking his 89th birthday in Johannesburg, on July 18, 2007.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter holds a news conference after meeting with diplomats in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 15, 2008.
Sandinista leader and presidential candidate Daniel Ortega and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) smile before their meeting at a hotel in Managua on November 6, 2006.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) listen to the Cuban national anthem at the baseball stadium "Latinoamericano" in Havana, on May 14, 2002.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) and Cuban President Fidel Castro talk during a departure ceremony at Jose Marti International airport in Havana, on May 17, 2002.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (2nd L) is accompanied to the stage by U.S. President George W. Bush (L), former President George Bush (R) and former President Jimmy Carter (2nd R), at the start of the dedication ceremony for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, on November 18, 2004.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker announce the contents and recommendations of the final report of the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal election reform in the U.S. Capitol, September 19, 2005.
U.S. President George W. Bush (L), and first lady Laura Bush (2nd L) are joined by former president Bill Clinton (3rd L), U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (4th L), former president George H.W. Bush (2nd R) and former President Jimmy Carter (R) as they attend a memorial service for Coretta Scott King at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, outside Atlanta February 7, 2006.
Microsoft's Bill Gates shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during a news conference in Seattle March 8, 2006.
U.S. President George W. Bush (C) and first lady Laura Bush stand with former Presidents George Bush (L), Bill Clinton (C, top) and Jimmy Carter (3rd R) during former U.S. President Gerald Ford's state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington on January 2, 2007. With the presidents are former first lady Barbara Bush (2nd L), Dora Bush Koch (3rd L), Senator Hillary Clinton (C, top) (D-NY), Chelsea Clinton (2nd R, top), Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R, top), Lynne Cheney (4th R), Rosalyn Carter (2nd R) and Nancy Reagan (R).
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter arrive onstage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008.
Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripkin (L) talks with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during a National League baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta, Georgia April 10, 2006.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter helps to make bricks to build houses in a tsunami devastated fishing village in Phuket on November 1, 2006.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) meets Maoist leader Prachanda at a hotel in Nepali capital Kathmandu on June 15, 2007.
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter smiles as he holds a Spanish classical guitar in a factory in Esquivias, central Madrid, on August 13, 2007. The guitar was donated to the Carter Foundation by Guitarras Manuel Rodriguez e Hiijos, to raise funds for humanitarian aid.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during a Reuters interview in La Paz on May 1, 2009.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) shakes hands with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos during their meeting at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 13, 2009.
Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah (R) meets former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at his office in the Beirut suburbs on June 9, 2009.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Damascus on June 11, 2009.
Former President Bill Clinton (L-R), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former president George W. Bush and his wife Barbara, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter wait for the funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts on August 29, 2009.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview with Reuters in Juba, south Sudan on April 13, 2010.
Former U.S. President Carter and Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, pose during their meeting at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang in August 2010.
Aijalon Mahli Gomes reaches to embrace his mother Jacqueline McCarthy (green) after arriving with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 27, 2010. The U.S. State Department on Friday welcomed the release of an American who had been imprisoned in North Korea and thanked former President Carter for bringing him home.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attends a Habitat for Humanity home building site in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, on Oct. 4, 2010. Carter attended the event to kick off World Habitat Day.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter watches the Atlanta Braves play the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of their MLB National League Division Series baseball playoff game in Atlanta, Ga., on Oct. 10, 2010.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (2nd L) poses with members of The Elders delegation, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L), former Irish President Mary Robinson (C), Ela Bhatt (2nd R) and former U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (R), before a meeting in Damascus on Oct. 19, 2010. The Elders were on a tour of the Middle East to build support for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) holds a juvenile green sea turtle next to his wife Rosalynn at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla., on Dec. 28, 2010. Carter and his family toured the facility on their vacation in the Florida Keys.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) smiles as he speaks next to former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (R) at a polling station in Juba, south Sudan, on Jan. 9, 2011. In a referendum, millions of south Sudanese voted for independence.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter waves during a visit to the headquarters of Cuba's Jewish community in Havana on March 28, 2011.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn attend the All Together Now - A Celebration of Service" at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington on March 21, 2011.
Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, Nixon sets off the "Saturday Night Massacre," Jackie Kennedy remarries, the Sydney Opera House opens, tragedy strikes Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Muammar Gaddafi is killed, all on this day.