Jimmy Carter’s Kids: Meet The Former President’s 4 Children
- Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981
- The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been married to wife Rosalyn since 1946, and they share 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
- In February 2023, it was announced that Carter was in home hospice care
Former President Jimmy Carterthe longest-lived American president at 98 years old, entered home hospice care on February 18, 2023. The 39th Commander-in-Chief “decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention ” after a series of short hospital stays, according to a statement from The Carter Center.
The sad news comes after the Georgia State senator had an incredible career as a humanitarian following his four years in the White House from 1977 to 1981. He became synonymous with Habitat for Humanity and worked tirelessly as an ambassador to impoverished countries, earning himself the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
“When I was president of the most powerful and influential nation on earth, I had more total influence over peace and progress and things like that,” Jimmy said in a 2017 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “But the last 35 years since I’ve left the White House has been the most challenging and interesting and adventurous and unpredictable and gratifying times of my life. … And the things that I tried and didn’t quite accomplish because of change in circumstances and so forth. But, I did the best I could. As my vice president said, ‘We told the truth, we obeyed the law and we kept the peace.’”
Along with his incredible career, Carter had an extremely successful personal life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Rosalynn Smith, on July 7, 1946 and they welcomed four wonderful children. In a 2015 interview with News84Media, the former politician said his wife and children are “the foundation for my entire enjoyment of life.” He added, “We have a big family now, we have 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 38 of us in all. So, we try to hold our family together and just enjoy the family life.”
Learn more about Carter’s kids, below.
The Carter’s eldest child, son Jack Carterwas born on July 3, 1947 at Portsmouth, Virginia during his father’s naval service, according to The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. After attending Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Georgia Southwestern, Jack joined the Navy. He returned to Georgia in 1971, where he married Judy Langfordand they had two children: Jason James born August 7, 1975 and Sarah Rosemary born on December 19, 1978.
Jack then earned a degree in nuclear physics at Georgia Tech and a law degree at the University of Georgia. However, he entered the political arena in 2006, when he ran as the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Nevada before losing to the Republican incumbent.
Jack remarried in 1992, and his second wife, Elizabeth Brasfieldhad two children from a previous relationship: John Chuldenko and Sarah Reynoldsper Country Living.
James ‘Chip’ Carter
Born April 12, 1950, in Honolulu, James “Chip” Carter is the second child of Jimmy and Roselyn. He is an attorney and served as a state senator in Georgia from 1995 to 1999.
On June 23, 1973, Chip married Caron Griffinwhom he had met while working on his father’s campaign for Georgia governor, per People. They welcomed a son named James Earl Carter IV on Feb. 25, 1977. After Chip and Caron split in 1979, Chip married Ginger Hodges and had a daughter named Margaret Alicia Carter with her on Sept. 23, 1987. However, that marriage ended in divorce in 2001, and Chip would go on to marry his third wife, Becky Payne.
Donnell ‘Jeff’ Carter
Donnel “Jeff” Carter was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in New London, Connecticut. He graduated from George Washington University in 1978 with a geography degree and a specialty “in computer cartography,” per Time. Jeff and his former professor co-founded the company Computer Mapping Consultants the same year of his graduation.
He and his wife Annette Jane Daviswelcomed three sons together: Joshua, Jeremy, and James. Sadly, Jeremy passed away at the age of 28 in 2015. He was found unresponsive after taking a nap at his home and later died in a hospital, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Annette died on Sept. 19, 2021, at age 68.
Amy Lynn Carter
The youngest child and only daughter of Jimmy and Rosalynn, Amy Carter, arrived on Oct. 19, 1967. She was only 10 years old when her family moved into the White House. She became known for her political activism during her 20s. Amy then went on to get her bachelor’s degree from the Memphis College of Art in 1991. Four years later, Amy illustrated her father’s children’s book, The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer.
She would go on to get her master’s in art history from Tulane University in 1996. That same year, Amy married a computer consultant. James Wentzel and the couple welcomed son Hugo in July 1999.
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