Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jimmy Carter to Become Longest-Living Former U.S. President

Jimmy Carter to Become Longest-Living Former U.S. President

Fox 35 reached out to the Carter Center for confirmation and they said that "On March 21, he will be the oldest living former president ever". H.W. Bush died on November 30 2018.

"President and Mrs. Carter are both determined to use their influence for as long as they can to make the world a better place, and millions of the world's poorest people are grateful for their resolve and heart", Congileo said.

As of Friday, Carter - who was born on October 1, 1924, and is 94 years and 173 days old - surpassed the previous record held by the late George H.W. Bush, who was 94 years and 171 days old when he passed away last year.

Only a handful of former presidents have lived past 90 years, including former President Ronald Reagan, Carter's successor, who lived to be 93. He was Georgia's 76th governor before winning the presidency in 1976 as a Democrat.

Carter broke another record after he became the country's former president "to live the longest after leaving office, at more than 38 years", ABC News reported. In 2002, he became the only USA president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for work done after his time in office.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave the Georgia native the longest-living designation Thursday morning, but the Jimmy Carter Library noted that the newspaper had gotten ahead of itself and the story was corrected.

He also faced some major setbacks in foreign policy, one being the conflict in Iran after the fall of the Shah that led to the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

Both Carter and his wife Rosalyn have remained active volunteers at the Carter Center and several other prominent charities, including Habitat for Humanity.

In 2015, Carter announced that he had cancer that spread to his brain. "I've had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence". "It is in the hands of God, whom I worship", he said. Four months later, he was - remarkably - cancer free.

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