Rosalynn Carter

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Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States
In office
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Preceded by Betty Ford
Succeeded by Nancy Reagan
First Lady of Georgia
In office
January 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975
Preceded by Hattie Virginia Cox
Succeeded by Mary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee
Personal details
Born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
August 18, 1927 (1927-08-18) (age 87)
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jimmy Carter (1946–present)
Relations Edgar Smith and Frances Allethea Murray, parents
Children John William, James Earl, Donnel Jeffery, and Amy
Occupation
Religion Baptist
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Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith; August 18, 1927) is the wife of former President Jimmy Carter and served as First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981. When her husband was Governor of Georgia, she served as First Lady of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. She was active in politics during her White House years, she sat in on Cabinet and policy meetings and also, serving as her husband's closest adviser. She also served as an envoy abroad, most notably to Latin America.

Early life and education[change | change source]

She was born in Plains, Georgia. She was the eldest of the four children of Allethea "Allie" Murray Smith (1905–2000) and Wilburn Edgar Smith (1896–1940). She attended Plains High School and graduated salutatorian. After completing her schooling, she studied at Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Georgia.

Rosalynn's father died of leukemia when she was 13.

Marriage[change | change source]

On July 7, 1946, she and Jimmy Carter were married.