October 1, 1924
President Jimmy Carter, number 39, was born and raised on peanut farming, discussing politics, and the Baptist church. Carter received a degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946, later working in various places around the world and aiding in the nuclear submarine program.
Upon the death of his father, Carter returned to Plains and became a part of the local political scene, soon becoming the Governor of Georgia. He was well known for his concerns for the environment and ending segregation. Carter then had his eye on bigger accomplishments: becoming president.
Serving as president from 1977-1981, Carter achieved many of his goals. After his term in office, there was an increase of 8 million jobs and a decrease in the national debt. Carter laid the foundation for a national energy policy as well as expanded the protection of national parks throughout the country. The Department of Education was developed and there was a higher advocacy rate for the Social Security system. Of all the accomplishments Carter had made, his campaign for global human rights was the most known.
In 1982, the Carter Center was established, and has since advocated for public policies, human rights, and democracy around the world. Being a part of the Global 2000 program, Carter promoted more attention towards health and agricultural systems in developing countries. The former president continues to demonstrate his belief in the human rights movement, as he is a part of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and works side by side with everyday volunteers to help build homes for those in need.