Jimmy Carter, WWII Victory Medal Recipient, Now Oldest Living Former President

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Commonwealth Club from San Francisco, San Jose, United States (foreground) / Public Domain | U.S. Navy Photo (background) / Public Domain

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Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States serving from 1977 to 1981, is now the oldest living former president to have ever lived. With the passing of George H.W. Bush, our 41st president, in November of 2018 at 94 years and 171 days old, Jimmy Carter has now hit the 94 year 172-day mark as of March 22st, 2019.

This new distinction is just one more of a seemingly endless amount of accolades Carter accrued over his lifetime. Born in 1924 (as a fun fact, he was the first U.S. president to be delivered in an actual hospital), Jimmy Carter has always lead a life of service.

He joined the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, right after high school in 1941 and graduated in 1946 with a Bachelors degree and the rank of ensign. He went on to serve in the Navy actively until 1953 and as a reservist until 1961. Most of this time he served on submarines.

President Jimmy Carter and Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, USN (far right) aboard the submarine USS Los Angeles in 1977. | Photo Credit: Public Domain

Carter then went on to serve in the Georgia State Senate, then as Governor, and years later, the president. He remained a studious man throughout the years as well although he was quite the troublemaker in high school, eventually earning numerous honorary PhDs and Doctorate degrees from various learning institutions around the world.

Jimmy Carter signing the Airline Deregulation Act which removed Federal control over aviation companies’ business practices leaving them to their own devices. | Kightlinger, Jack E. / Public Domain

Up until 2019, he’s received over 60 different accolades ranging from the World War II Victory Medal to the Nobel Peace Prize but he’s not planning to stop there. Although diagnosed with cancer in 2015, his latest scans revealed there were no longer any traces of the disease so onto 100 we go.

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