James “Jimmy” Earl Carter, Jr. was born on October 1, 1924, to
James Earl and Lillian Carter. In this photograph, he is one month
old in his mother’s arms.
Main Street in Plains, Georgia, circa 1925. J.E. Carter &
Company, the store owned by Jimmy’s father, Earl Carter, is on
In 1928, the Carter family moved to a 350-acre farm near
Plains in the tiny community of Archery, Georgia. The young
Carter is pictured here atop his Shetland pony named Lady.
Earl Carter, Jimmy’s father, was a prominent business owner in
Plains, Georgia. In this photograph, taken in 1932, Earl is with
three of his children, Ruth, Gloria, and Jimmy.
Jimmy Carter was admitted to the United States Naval Academy
in Annapolis, Maryland in 1943. He graduated in 1946.
At Jimmy Carter’s graduation from the Naval Academy on June
5, 1946, his mother, Miss Lillian, and his fiancée, Rosalynn
Smith, pin epaulets on Ensign Carter.
Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Smith were married on July 7, 1946.
In the Navy, Jimmy Carter was a submariner serving in both the
Atlantic and Pacific fleets and was chosen for the nuclear
submarine program. He rose to the rank of lieutenant.
This poster is from Jimmy Carter’s Georgia State Senate
campaign. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate twice,
in 1962 and 1964.
This is a photo of a campaign poster, circa 1966, when Jimmy
Carter ran for governor. Jimmy Carter became Georgia’s 76th
governor on January 12, 1971, tackling disorganization and
waste in state government, improving race relations, opening
state jobs to African Americans, achieving tax reform, and
reforming the state prison system.(
Ruth Carter, Jimmy Carter, mother Lillian Carter, brother Billy Carter,
sister Gloria Carter, December 3, 1966
Dubbed the Peanut Brigade, volunteers went door-to-door
soliciting votes for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign.
Supporters pictured here are in New Hampshire during the 1976