Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born on August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia. She was the eldest of four children of Wilburn Edgar Smith, an auto mechanic, bus driver and farmer. She is married to former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, who served as president from 1980 to 1993. The couple has four children, including a son and two step-daughters.
About Rosalynn Carter in brief
Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born on August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia. She was the eldest of four children of Wilburn Edgar Smith, an auto mechanic, bus driver and farmer. Smith’s great uncle W. S. Wise was one of the American Brazilians known as Confederados who emigrated from the United States to Brazil after the Civil War. Smith played with the boys during her early childhood since no girls on her street were her age. She has described her efforts for mentally disabled children as her proudest achievement as First Lady of Georgia. She was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Mental Health, and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Volunteer Services. In 1975, she was photographed shaking hands with serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was active in his local Democratic Party. Also honored for her support for the Equal Rights Amendment, she received the Merit Award of Merit for her vigorous support of the Amendment and her nomination for the nomination of her family as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for a fourth term in 1980. She served as First lady of Georgia from 1977 to 1981 as the wife of President Jimmy Carter. She also served as an envoy abroad, particularly in Latin America, and has been a leading advocate for numerous causes for many years, including mental health and the Special Olympics. She is married to former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, who served as president from 1980 to 1993.
She had a daughter, Amy Carter, and a son, William Carter, with whom she was married to Jimmy Carter until his death in 1994, when he was succeeded by his son, Jimmy Jr. Carter is the current president of the Carter Foundation, a foundation that promotes education, health care and social services for the poor and disabled. He is also the father of two sons, William Jerrold “Jerry” Carter and William “Bill” Carter, both of whom served as governors of Georgia between 1971 and 1983. He was also the grandfather of two daughters, Amy and Lillian Allethea “Lillian” Carter. The couple has four grandchildren, one of whom, Lillian, is a real estate broker and the other is Lillian Gordy Wall, who is a businesswoman and real estate agent. The Carter family has been married to each other for more than 50 years. They have three children, two sons and a daughter-in-law, who were born in 1961 and 1962. The family lives in Plains and has four children, including a son and two step-daughters. They also have three grandchildren, all of whom are currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. The first lady is a strong advocate for mental health issues and has worked to improve the state’s mental health care system. She helped her husband win the governorship of Georgia in 1970. When her husband’s gubernatorial term ended in January 1975, the family returned to Plains. She returned to the campaign trail, this time to gather support for her husband.