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Birthday boy Jimmy Carter becomes first U.S. president to turn 95

2019-10-01

Jimmy Carter says he has had a "gratifying existence."

And a long and historic one.

Carter turned 95 on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone. The first future commander-in-chief born in a hospital is not planning any public celebrations.

The longtime Georgia resident became the longest-lived president earlier this year, surpassing George H.W. Bush, who passed away in 2018.

“I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence,” Carter told The Washington Post earlier this year.

Carter lives in the tiny Georgia town of Plains, where he was born in 1924. He survived a grim cancer diagnosis four years ago, and remains married to his wife of 73 years, Rosalynn Carter.

He has been slowed by this year’s hip replacement surgery, but still teaches Sunday School in Plains. The couple plans to travel to Tennessee this week help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

The former President told a Carter Center audience earlier this year that this may be his final annual report because he wants to spend more time with his family.

“This may be our last conversation with you,” Carter said. “We may or may not have one next year.”

With News Wire Services