Jimmy Carter, oldest living former president, turns 97

Jimmy Carter, oldest living former president, turns 97

By Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks

It is rarified air that Jimmy Carter has been in for a while now.

On Friday, when Carter turns 97, he further solidifies his standing as the oldest living president in the history of the United States. Born in Plains, Georgia in 1924, it is a record set by a peanut farmer and Nobel Peace Prize winner that might never get broken.



He already has a 37-year advantage on Barack Obama, who turned 60 this year.

It’s not Carter’s only claim to longevity. In July, he and wife Rosalynn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. They are the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history, followed by former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were married for 73 years and 102 days until Barbara’s 2018 death.

The Carters are planning a private birthday celebration for Jimmy at their Plains home on Friday.

Here is a look at some of the other presidents who enjoyed long lives:

2. George H.W. Bush: 41st President: 94 years, 171 days.


3. Gerald R. Ford: 38th President: 93 years, 165 days.


4. Ronald Reagan: 40th President: 93 years, 120 days.


5. John Adams: 2nd President: 90 years, 247 days.


6. Herbert Hoover: 31st President: 90 years, 71 days.


7. Harry S. Truman: 33rd President: 88 years, 232 days.


8. James Madison: 4th President: 85 years, 104 days.


9. Thomas Jefferson: 3rd President: 83 years, 82 days.


10. Richard M. Nixon: 37th President: 81 years, 103 days.


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