39th President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter
Our thirty-ninth president was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. His full name, which he rarely ever used, James Earl Carter, Jr. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946. He served as a naval officer for seven years before returning to Plains. In 1962, he became involved in local politics and eventually became Governor of Georgia.
Carter ran for president in 1976. He won by a narrow margin. Carter worked hard to solve the economic inflation and unemployment issues. By the end of his administration, he had gained eight million jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit. He dealt with the energy shortage and established a national energy policy. To improve the environment, he expanded the national Park System. He then made the Department of Education and bolstered the Social Security system.
Unfortunately, during the end of his presidency, Iran held 52 Americans as Hostages. This act cost Carter the re-election, but after much negotiation, Iran released the Americans. He returned Georgia to tend his peanut farm. In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work "to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development" He is now retired.
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