Former President Jimmy Carter receiving hospice care at home

Nation’s oldest living ex-president celebrated his 98th birthday last year
Former President Jimmy Carter has decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care.
Published: Feb. 18, 2023 at 3:35 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2023 at 10:22 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Former President Jimmy Carter has decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care, according to a statement from The Carter Center released Saturday.

Nation’s oldest living ex-president celebrated his 98th birthday last year

The center tweeted the following statement:

“After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.”

Carter was born on October 1, 1924, to the parents of Earl and Lillian Carter in Plains. In 1941, after graduating from Plains High, he enrolled at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus. One year later, he transferred to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and in 1943, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

“Our prayers are with the Carter family at this time. May they find peace in all that President Carter has contributed throughout his decades of service to Georgia, our nation, and our world,” tweeted the Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger.

After receiving his naval commission, Carter married Rosalynn Smith of Plains on July 7, 1946, after which they moved to Norfolk, Virginia.

Carter served as a naval officer from 1946 to 1952. Lt. Carter resigned from the navy after his father, Earl Carter, died from cancer and took over Carter’s family peanut farm.

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Carter was appointed to his first public office in 1954 when he accepted an appointment to the Sumter County Board of Education. In 1962, he was elected as a state senator, and in 1966, ran for governor but lost to Lester Maddox in an election so close it was thrown into the state House of Representatives to be decided.

In 1971, Carter ran again for governor and won, becoming the state’s 6th governor on January 12, 1971.

Carter announced his intention to seek the White House in 1974. On Nov. 2, 1976, Carter was elected the 39th president of the United States, narrowly defeating incumbent Gerald Ford.

Some of the more notable events of Carter’s presidency included:

  • 1977: The Panama Canal treaty is signed which turned control of the canal over to the Panamanian government.
  • 1978: The U.S. and the Peoples’s Republic of China establish full diplomatic relations. Carter negotiates and mediates an accord between Egypt and Israel at Camp David.
  • 1979: The Department of Education is formed. Iranian radicals overrun the U.S. Embassy and seize American hostages. The Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty is signed.
  • 1980: The Alaskan National Interest Lands Conservation Act is signed. A rescue attempt to get American hostages out of Iran is unsuccessful.

Also in 1980, Carter was defeated in his bid for a second term as president by Ronald Reagan in November. Two years later, the Carters established The Carter Center in Atlanta.

In Plains, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was established in 1987. The National Historic Site includes the Depot Museum, Plains High School Museum, and the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

Carter is the author of thirty-two books, many of which are now in revised editions, including “Why Not the Best?,” “Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President,” “The Blood of Abraham: Insights into the Middle East;” “An Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections;” and “The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War.”

In 1982, Cater became a university distinguished professor at Emory University in Atlanta. The Carter Center has spearheaded the international effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which is poised to be the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

Carter and the center have engaged in conflict mediation in Ethiopia and Eritrea (1989), North Korea (1994), Liberia (1994), Haiti (1994), Bosnia (1994), Sudan (1995), the Great Lakes region of Africa (1995-96), Sudan and Uganda (1999), Venezuela (2002-2003), Nepal (2004-2008), Ecuador and Colombia (2008), the Middle East (2003-present), and Mali (2018-present).

Until 2020, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter volunteered one week a year for Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps needy people in the United States and in other countries renovate and build homes for themselves. He also taught Sunday school in the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains.

In August 2015, Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver. The following year, Carter announced that he needed no further treatment, as an experimental drug had eliminated any sign of cancer.

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On December 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

The longest-living U.S. president celebrated his 98th birthday in his hometown Plains, a small town in Georgia, with his family and friends in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.