Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (née Smith; August 18, 1927 – November 19, 2023) was an American activist and writer who served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 as the wife of the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.
|First Lady of the United States|
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
|Preceded by||Betty Ford|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Reagan|
|First Lady of Georgia|
January 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975
|Preceded by||Hattie Virginia Cox|
|Succeeded by||Mary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee|
Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
August 18, 1927
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||November 19, 2023 (aged 96)|
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
Jimmy Carter (m. 1946)
Early life change
She was born in Plains, Georgia.
She was the eldest of the four children of Allethea "Allie" Murray Smith (1905–2000) and Wilburn Edgar Smith (1896–1940). Rosalynn's father died of leukemia when she was 13.
She attended Plains High School and graduated salutatorian.
After completing her schooling, she studied at Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Georgia.
On July 7, 1946, she and Jimmy Carter were married.
First Lady change
When her husband was Governor of Georgia, she served as First Lady of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.
She was active in politics during her White House years, she sat in on Cabinet and policy meetings and also, serving as her husband's closest adviser. She was the first First Lady to have her own office and staff at the White House.
Envoy Abroad change
She also served as an envoy abroad, most notably to Latin America.
Health and death change
In late May 2023, the Carter Center announced that Carter had been diagnosed with dementia. She entered hospice care alongside her husband on November 17, 2023, but died two days later at the age of 96.
- "Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Dies at 96". AARP. Retrieved November 25, 2023.
- "Carter Family Statement about Health of First Lady Rosalynn Carter". The Carter Center. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
- "Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia, Carter Center says". CNN. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
- "Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at home: Carter Center". MSN. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
- "Rosalynn Carter, compassionate and outspoken former first lady, dies at 96". PBS NewsHour. 2023-11-19. Retrieved 2023-11-19.