Published On: Aug 27 2013 12:40:39 PM CDTUpdated On: Aug 31 2013 09:22:15 PM CDT
Carter was forced to cut short a trip to Guyana due to illness in May 2015. The 90-year-old was scheduled to observe the South American country's election.
James Earl Carter Jr. was born in Plains, Ga., on Oct. 1, 1924. His parents were James Earl Carter Sr. and Lillian Gordy Carter.
Carter 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 U.S. President Jimmy Carter holds up his Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10, 2002, in Oslo, Norway. Carter was recognized for many years of public service and during his acceptance speech he urged others to work for peace.
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean (L) is introduced by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as Rosalynn Carter stands behind her husband Jan. 18, 2004, in downtown Plains, Georgia.
(L-R) Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, and former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton bow their heads in prayer during the Billy Graham Library Dedication Service on May 31, 2007, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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 (2nd R) and his wife Rosalynn Carter (L) place a wreath at the tomb Yaser Arafat April 15, 2008, in Ramallah, the West Bank.
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.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) follows U.S. President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former president George H.W. Bush at a memorial service for Coretta Scott King at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, outside Atlanta Feb. 7, 2006.
Former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalyn Carter, former President Gerald Ford, former first lady Betty Ford, (L to R front) President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney, former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., sit during the state funeral for former President Ronald Reagan at the National Cathedral June 11, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
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) meets former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter during a National League baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta April 10, 2006.
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.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter greets Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb on the second day of Egypt's presidential election on May 24, 2012, in Cairo, Egypt. Carter Center election monitors observed the vote, the first of the post-Mubarak era.
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 Aug. 29, 2009.
South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, left, talks Aug. 6, 2001, with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and chairman of Habitat for Humanity Korea Chung Kun-Mo, right, inside a house built by the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2001 in Asan, about 60 miles south of Seoul, South Korea.
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 works 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.
Members of the 'Council of Elders' Delegation, Ireland's former president and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson (C), former U.S President Jimmy Carter (L) and Indian activist, Ela Bhatt (R) meet in a protest tent with Palestinian residents to look at look at the wounds of 10-year-old child Muslim Odeh, who claims he was arrested and beaten by Israeli border police in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Oct. 21, 2010, in East Jerusalem.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during a May 29, 2010, get-together with former South African President Nelson Mandela along with (L-R) Graca Machel, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan, Gro Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt and Lakhdar Brahimi. Together, they comprised a group Mandela called The Elders, who were tasked by Mandela with being a "force for good."
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (C), his wife Rosalyn Carter and Cuban Parliament's President Ricardo Alarcon plant a tree May 15, 2002, next to the Frank Pais Primary School in the Las Guasimas section of Havana, Cuba. Carter went on a six-day visit to Cuba and is the first American president to visit the communist island since Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W.H. Bush and George W. Bush attend the Points of Light Institute Tribute to Former President George H.W. Bush at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on March 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.