Both a former president and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jimmy Carter has called marrying Rosalynn “a pinnacle of my life.”
The loving pair were both born in the 1920s, three miles and three years apart from each other in Plains, Georgia.
Rosalynn, who was best friends with Jimmy’s little sister, thought Jimmy was “the most handsome man” she’d ever seen. The pair became inseperable. But when Jimmy—then a young US Naval Academy student—proposed to his sweetheart, she initially said ‘no’.
Rosalynn had promised her dying father, when she was 13, that she wouldn’t get married until she’d finished college.
She kept that promise, and the pair married in the summer of 1945 after Rosalynn graduated from Georgia Southwestern.
“The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn,” Jimmy has said.
Born on October 1st, 1924, Carter has now lived longer than any other US president in history. And today, his long-lasting marriage is an impressive 75 years old.
Carter, who is also one of the few American presidents to have ever received the Nobel Peace Prize, was recently responsible for creating a new health clinic in a small town that had been without a physician for four months; he leased out a portion of his own property in order to launch a solar farm powering half of his hometown; and his charity has been a major contributor in making guinea worm the second disease to ever be eradicated.
Additionally, Carter was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2016—and even though he was undergoing treatment, he still spent his time building homes for the needy through Habitat for Humanity. Thankfully, his immunotherapy treatments proved to be successful and he was declared cancer-free several months later.
Wife Rosalynn has always been by his side in these efforts. Together they have volunteered for the housing organization for 36 years, during which time they have helped build thousands of homes.
“Both President and Mrs. Carter are determined to use their influence for as long as they can to make the world a better place. Their tireless resolve and heart have helped to improve life for millions of the world’s poorest people,” a Carter Center spokesperson has said in a statement.