1924 -- Jimmy Carter
was born on October 1, 1924 to the
parents of Earl and Lillian Carter
in the small town on Plains.
1928 -- Earl Carter
bought a 350 acre farm 3 miles from
Plains in the tiny community of Archery.
The Carter family lived in a house
on the farm without running water
1930 -- Jimmy Carter
began first grade at Plains High School.
1941 -- Graduating
from Plains High School, he enrolled
at Georgia Southwestern College in
1942 -- He transferred
to Georgia Institute of Technology
1943 -- Jimmy Carter's
boyhood dream of being in the navy
becomes a reality as he is appointed
to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
1946 -- He received
his naval commission and on July 7,
1946 married Rosalynn Smith of Plains.
They moved to Norfolk, Virginia.
1946-1952 -- As
a naval officer, Jimmy Carter moved
his family to several locations including:
Virginia, Hawaii, Connecticut, California,
and New York. During this time three
sons are born, Jack in 1947, Chip
in 1950, and Jeff in 1952..
1953 -- Earl Carter,
Jimmy's father, died of cancer. Lt.
Jimmy Carter resigned from the navy
returning with his family to Plains
to run Carter's Warehouse.
1953 -- Due to a
limited income, Jimmy, Rosalynn, and
their three sons moved into Public
Housing Apartment 9A in Plains.
1954-1962 -- As
a young man returning to Plains, Jimmy
Carter realized the important role
his father played in the community.
He began to get involved serving as
a member on several local boards.
Education was important to him, so
he accepted an appointment to the
Sumter County Board of Education.
1962-66 -- Jimmy
Carter is elected to the Georgia State
Senate and serves two terms.
1966 -- He ran for
governor, but lost to Lester Maddox.
1967 -- Jimmy and
Rosalynn Carter's fourth child, Amy,
is born. 1971 He ran for governor
again and won the election, becoming
Georgia's 76th Governor on January
1974 -- Jimmy Carter
announced his candidacy for president.
Thousands of people visit Plains in
hopes of meeting him. The town changes
from agriculture based businesses
to tourist shops selling souvenirs.
1976 -- November
2, 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected
39th President of the United States,
narrowly defeating incumbent Gerald
1977 -- Jimmy Carter
was inaugurated President of the United
States of America on January 20, 1977
in Washington, D.C. President Carter
addresses the country on energy needs.
The Panama Canal treaty is signed.
1978 -- U.S. and
the Peoples' Republic of China establish
full diplomatic relations. President
Carter negotiates and mediates an
accord between Egypt and Israel at
1979 -- The Department
of Education is formed. Iranian radicals
over run the U.S. Embassy and seize
American hostages. The Strategic Arms
Limitations Treaty (SALT II) is signed.
1980 -- The Alaskan
National Interest Lands Conservation
Act is signed. A rescue attempt to
get American hostages out of Iran
is unsuccessful. Jimmy Carter was
defeated in his bid for a second term
as President by Ronald Reagan in November.
1981 -- President
Carter continues to negotiate the
release of the American hostages in
Iran. Minutes before his term as President
is over, the hostages are released.
Former President Carter leaves Washington,
DC and heads to Germany to greet the
hostages. President and Mrs. Carter
return to their home in Plains, Georgia.
1982 -- Jimmy and
Rosalynn Carter after much planning
and fundraising etablished The Carter
Center in Atlanta. (What about a link
to the carter center here?)
1986 -- The Jimmy
Carter Library and Museum and The
Carter Center in Atlanta opens.
1987 - Present --
President and Mrs. Carter live in
Plains,Georgia and travel all over
the world helping others through their
work with the Carter Center and the
Rosalynn Carter Institute. The Carters
continue to work to resolve conflict,
foster democracy and development,
and fight hunger, disease and human
right abuses in Asia, Africa, Central
America, South America and the United
States. In addition, they volunteer
one week each year to work for Habitat
for Humanity. In Plains, Georgia,
the Jimmy Carter National Historic
Site was established in 1987. The
National Historic Site includes the
Depot Museum, Plains High School Museum
and the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.
Jimmy Carter N.H.S. Education Program