Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.), 39th president of the United States, was born Oct. 1, 1924.
In 1962 he won election to the Georgia Senate. Jimmy Carter served as president from Jan. 20, 1977, to Jan. 20, 1981. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and founded The Carter Center. On Dec. 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002 to Mr. Carter.