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Carter, Jimmy (Administration)

James Earl Carter Jr., who is more commonly known as Jimmy Carter, was the 39th president, serving from 1977 to 1981. He aspired to make government “competent and compassionate” and his achievements were notable, but because of rising energy costs, high inflation, and international tensions, it was impossible for his administration to meet the expectations. However, he is probably better remembered for his postpresidency activity, most notably his founding of The Carter Center. He has also traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in several developing nations.

Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, on October 1, 1924. After seven years’ service as a naval officer, he entered state politics in 1962, and eight years later he was elected governor ...

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