On October 1, 1924, James Earl Carter Jr. was born in Plains, Georgia. Farmland investors and a successful businessman, James Earl Carter Sr., was the boy’s father. Carter was born in the Wise Sanitarium, where his mother Bessie Lilian worked as a nurse. carter attended a nearby high school from 1937 until 1941. In1943 he got into the Naval academy as he always dreamed of joining the military just like his father who served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during WWI.
According to People, he stated, “I just felt compatible with her,” in the book What Makes a Marriage Last by Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas. In 1946, following carter’s graduation from the Naval Academy, they got married. After retiring from the Navy to focus on his wife, four kids, and the family business he built his family a ranch-style house in 1961 as they were in dire need of a home. The residence is appraised at $209,996 by Zillow. When he left the White House, he used it as a place to live. According to the Washington Post, he went back to his hometown because he didn’t want to “capitalize monetarily on being in the White House. Carter was aware that it wasn’t for him to capitalize on post-presidential popularity, unlike many of his predecessors and successors. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, and I don’t hold anyone accountable for doing it, he added. I simply never had the desire to be wealthy. Even after selling off the peanut business because they were in so much debt, he was still able to live well. To make their lives simpler, he resorted to handing them a $217,000 annual pension.
According to the General Services Administration’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year, Carter cost taxpayers $456,000 as opposed to former president George H. W. Bush’s $952,000 budgeted expenditure. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama each cost $1 million.
He has also been spotted many times purchasing his clothes at the local Dollar General and also when he travels, he flies commercials instead of private. It was also reported that the former president began lecturing at Emory University and a Baptist Sunday School after leaving the White House.
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