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Mr. President

Jimmy Carter
Thirty-Ninth President, 1977–1981

“The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.”

It Takes All Kinds:
As president, Jimmy Carter worked hard to give minorities and women equal opportunities. He said he had appointed "more blacks, more women, more Hispanics in three and a half years than all of the previous presidents in 200 years." Carter's greatest foreign affairs accomplishment was his successful mediation of the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt. They resulted in a treaty ending the dangerous state of war between the two countries. But Carter's presidency was also marked by inflation, rising energy costs, and the kidnapping of 52 U.S. embassy staff members in Iran. The hostage situation in particular helped lead to Carter’s defeat in 1980. The day Carter left office, the hostages were released.

Portrait by Robert Templeton , 1980-1983 . NPG.84.154 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Democrat
Date of Birth: Wednesday, October 1, 1924
Date of Death:
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
First Lady: Rosalynn Smith Carter

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