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Former president Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn mark 75 years of marriage



  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrated 75 long years of marriage on July 7.
  • Jimmy said that “the best thing” he ever did was marrying his wife.
  • The pair have been helping to improve the lives of the poor, making the world a better place, together.

For Jimmy Carter, marrying his wife Rosalynn is “a pinnacle of my life.”

Both born in the 1920s, only three miles and three years apart, the couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on July 7.

The two met through Jimmy’s little sister, who was best friends with Rosalynn. Even at that time, Jimmy seemed to already leave a lasting impression to Rosalynn, who said that his now-husband was “the most handsome man” she’d ever seen.

Photo Credit: Jimmy Carter Library

Jimmy and Rosalynn became inseparable. When Jimmy was a young US Naval Academy student, he proposed to his sweetheart, but she initially said no, wanting to keep the promise she told her dying father that she’d be married after finishing college.

Jimmy was able to wait for his true love, and in the summer of 1945 after Rosalynn’s graduation, they tied the knot.

“The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn,” Jimmy has said.

Born on October 1, 1924, former president Jimmy is the longest living US president in history, who impressively keeps a 75-year-old blissful marriage.

Photo Credit: White House

He is also among the few American presidents who received the Nobel Peace Prize, and helping those in need has been a huge part of Jimmy’s life.

Recently, he took part in creating a new health clinic in a small town who had no physician for four months. Jimmy leased out a portion of his own property to launch a solar farm powering half of his hometown.

His charity has also been a major contributor in making guinea worm the second disease to ever be eradicated. And although he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2016, Jimmy didn’t stop helping the needy. While undergoing treatment, he still spent time building homes for the homeless through Habitat for Humanity.

And Jimmy was doing all these with Rosalynn on his side. The two have volunteered for the housing organization for 36 years.


Jimmy’s immunotherapy treatments were successful and he was declared cancer-free months later.

“Both President and Mrs. Carter are determined to use their influence for as long as they can to make the world a better place. Their tireless resolve and heart have helped to improve life for millions of the world’s poorest people,” a Carter Center spokesperson has said in a statement.

Source: Good News Network