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Jimmy Carter formally known as James Earl Carter Jr was born on October 1 1924 and was the oldest of four children He was born in a small farming town of Plains Georgia and grew up in the nearby community if Archery Jimmys father James Earl Carter Sr was a peanut farmer and a storekeeper while his mother Lillian Gordy was a registered nurse Jimmy Carter worked on the farm but as a boy dreamed of attending the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland because his uncle in the United States Navy had sent him postcards of exotic ports He was the first member of his family ever to go to college He started at Georgia Southwestern College in 1941 for only a year Then followed by a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946 Later he then went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis graduating in 1946 ranked 60th in a class of 820 On July 7 1946 Carter married Rosalynn Smith who was his high school sweetheart also from Plains When Jimmys father died in 1953 he resigned his naval commission and returned to Plains Rosalynn became a big part in his life from the peanut farming business to politics He worked on his own farm and his wife operated the Warehouse a general-purpose seed and farm supply company They had three sons John William James Earl Carter III and Donnel Jeffery and a daughter Amy Lynn Carter became involved in the affairs of the community serving as chairman of the county school board and the 1st president of the Georgia Planning Association He won the election to the Georgia State in 1962 He lost his first gubernatorial campaign in 1966 but then won the next election which made him Georgias 76th governor on January 12 1971 For the 1974 congressional elections he was the Democratic National
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