Rosalynn Carter

First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981

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.

Rosalynn Carter
Rosalynn Carter in January 1977
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byBetty Ford
Succeeded byNancy Reagan
First Lady of Georgia
In role
January 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975
GovernorJimmy Carter
Preceded byHattie Virginia Cox
Succeeded byMary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee
Personal details
Eleanor Rosalynn Smith

(1927-08-18)August 18, 1927
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
DiedNovember 19, 2023(2023-11-19) (aged 96)
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Jimmy Carter (m. 1946)
  • Edgar Smith
  • Frances Allethea Murray

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.

Education change

She attended Plains High School and graduated salutatorian.

After completing her schooling, she studied at Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Georgia.

Marriage change

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.[1]

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.[2][3] She entered hospice care alongside her husband on November 17, 2023,[4] but died two days later at the age of 96.[5]

References change

  1. "Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Dies at 96". AARP. Retrieved November 25, 2023.
  2. "Carter Family Statement about Health of First Lady Rosalynn Carter". The Carter Center. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  3. "Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia, Carter Center says". CNN. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  4. "Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at home: Carter Center". MSN. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
  5. "Rosalynn Carter, compassionate and outspoken former first lady, dies at 96". PBS NewsHour. 2023-11-19. Retrieved 2023-11-19.