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International News: Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter turns 98

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2022. 4:03 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, the oldest living former U.S. president, turns 98 today, Saturday, per CNN.

Carter is in line for an Order of Belize to be presented at a later date in recognition of his contributions to Belize’s development in association with his non-profit Carter Center, which addresses risks to democracy worldwide.

CNN said Carter will celebrate quietly at home with his family, according to a spokesperson from The Carter Center. The Carter Center will host a series of virtual events to celebrate the former president’s birthday and legacy, and the public is encouraged to send him a virtual birthday message via his nonprofit.

Carter became the oldest living U.S. president in history after the passing of George H. W. Bush, who died in late 2018 at 94.

He was a peanut farmer and US Navy lieutenant before going into politics, eventually serving one term as governor of Georgia and president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. His brokering of the Camp David Accords with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1978 remains central to his legacy.

Carter has also been a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and for many years taught Sunday School in his native Plains, Georgia before health issues forced him to give it up. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to push for peace across the globe.

 

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