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Rosalynn Carter

James Carter
You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try—you don’t take the risk.

Born - August 18, 1927 in Botsford, Georgia

Parents - Wilburn Edgar Smith & Frances Allethea “Allie” Murray Smith

Married - James Earl Carter Jr. on July 7, 1946

Children - John William “Jack” (1947 – present),
James Earl “Chip,” 3rd (1950 – present),
Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” (1952 – present),
Amy Lynn (1967 – present)

Education – Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia

Occupation – Businesswoman at family peanut warehouse

Firsts - 1st First Lady to make a foreign policy trip

Causes - Honorary Chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Mental Health

Other offices – First Lady of Georgia 1971 – 1975

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Did You Know IconDid You Know...
  • Mrs. Carter supported the performing arts and invited leading international classical artists and traditional American artists to the White House.
  • Mrs. Carter serves on the board of advisors for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Mrs. Carter is the director of the Carter Center where she oversees active mental health programs.
  • Rosalynn Carter was the 1st First Lady to make a foreign policy trip.

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