Rosalynn Carter Biography: Husband, children, family, net worth, cause of death

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Rosalynn Carter was an American writer and activist who served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of President Jimmy Carter.

She was Jimmy’s closest advisor during the presidency. She also supported many social causes over the years, mostly during her stay in the White House.

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Most of all, she has been concerned towards the mental health area and worked extensively to diminish the stigma attached to the psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

Born and brought up in Georgia, Rosalynn had to drop out of the college midway due to financial difficulties.

She met Jimmy Carter through a common friend and got married to him in 1946 when she was 18 years old.

Throughout the 60’s and the 70’s, she worked to support the political career of Jimmy. Other than being the Active Honorary Chairman of President’s Commission on mental health, she had advocated women rights.

In 1984, she released her autobiography titled ‘First Lady from Plains’. She has been active in the social activism till now and is remembered as one of the most generous, strong-willed and socially and politically active first ladies in the American history.

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US ex-President Jimmy Carter’s wife Rosalynn dies aged 96

Rosalynn Carter Biography

Rosalynn Carter was born as Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia on 18th August 1927 to a lower middle class family.

She was the eldest of four children born to Wilburn Edgar Smith and his wife Allie Murray Smith. Wilburn worked as a farmer and a mechanic and hardly made enough money to make the family go on without hassles.

Rosalynn grew in poverty but she says that their parents were kind and didn’t let their children know what being poor was.

They belonged to a relatively poor locality where each one of the neighbouring families struggled to make the ends meet.

Rosalynn played with boys from her neighbourhood as there was no girl of her age around. That could be one reason why she turned out to be a strong willed woman.

When she was 13 years old, her father died and the family became highly dependent on the mother and the eldest sister Rosalynn.

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She was good in academics but post her father’s death she started working with her mother to get going. She learned hairdressing and worked as a hairdresser for many years.

She attended Plains High School and studied very hard to fulfil her demised father’s wishes of seeing Rosalynn attending college.

Since her childhood years, she was highly interested in structures she saw around her, which led her to believe that maybe she would have a bright future in architecture.

Once she was out of high school, she enrolled into Georgia Southwestern College. But due to the lacklustre financial conditions of the family, she had to drop out midway.

She had already met and started dating Jimmy Carter before she went to college, who was attending the Annapolis Naval Academy at that time.

In December 1945, Jimmy proposed her for marriage but she denied thinking she was too young for a serious commitment.

However, she didn’t refuse when Jimmy proposed her second time just a couple of months later.

And thus began Rosalynn’s journey towards becoming the strong support system of an enigmatic politician Jimmy Carter.

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Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter and husband ex-President Jimmy Carter

Rosalynn Carter Husband

Rosalynn Carter was the wife of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States.

They were married for more than 77 years until her death on November 19, 2023.

Rosalynn Carter Children

Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady of the United States, had four children with her husband, Jimmy Carter. They are:

John William “Jack” Carter, born on July 3, 1947, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is a lawyer and a former Navy officer.

He has two children, Jason and Sarah, with his wife Juliette Langford.

James Earl “Chip” Carter III, born on April 12, 1950, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a businessman and a political consultant.

He has four children, James IV, Donnel, Joshua and Jeremy, with his ex-wife Caron Griffin.

Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter, born on August 18, 1952, in New London, Connecticut. He is a farmer and a computer consultant.

He has three children, James, Jason and Chelsea, with his wife Annette Jene Davis.

Amy Lynn Carter, born on October 19, 1967, in Plains, Georgia. She is an activist and an artist.

She has one child, Hugo, with her husband James Wentzel.

Rosalynn Carter family

Rosalynn Carter had a large and loving family. Here is a list of her family members:

Husband: Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate .

Children: John William “Jack” Carter, James Earl “Chip” Carter III, Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter, and Amy Lynn Carter .

Grandchildren: Jason and Sarah Carter (Jack’s children), James IV, Donnel, Joshua and Jeremy Carter (Chip’s children), James, Jason and Chelsea Carter (Jeff’s children), and Hugo Wentzel (Amy’s child) .

Great-grandchildren: Henry and Thomas Carter (Jason Carter’s children), and Kiki Carter (James Carter IV’s child) .

Rosalynn Carter Net worth

Rosalynn Carter was an American first lady of the United States who had a net worth of $10 million

Rosalynn Carter Cause of death

Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady of the United States, died on November 19, 2023, at the age of 96, at her home in Plains, Georgia.

The cause of her death was not officially announced, but she had been diagnosed with dementia in May 2023, and had entered hospice care on November 18, 2023.

She was survived by her husband, former president Jimmy Carter, who was also in hospice care since February 2023, and their four children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


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