Jimmy Carter gets new title: oldest living former president
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- Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At 94 years, 172 days the 39th president passes George H.W. Bush
When Jimmy Carter left office in 1980, the return home to Plains was not easy. His once flourishing farming business was more than $1 million dollars in debt, and he faced the prospect of selling the land that his family had been on for 150 years.
Then a friend pointed out that Carter, at the tender age of 56, could expect to live at least until 80-years-old.
“I had one disturbing reaction,” Carter wrote in his 1998 book, “The Virtues of Aging.” “What was I going to do with the next 25 years?
Let’s just say a lot — from establishing the Carter Center and being awarded the Nobel Prize to building Habitat for Humanity homes and writing more than two dozen books.
March 21, 2019 marks yet another milestone. While it is not his birthday, Carter becomes the oldest living former president in United States history.
At the age of 94 years and 172 days, he passes George H.W. Bush, who was 94 years, 171 days when he died last November.
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“We at the Carter Center sure are rooting for him and are grateful for his long life of service that has benefited millions of the world’s poorest people,” the center said in a statement.
After the country’s first president, George Washington, lived to be 67, only a handful of others have l