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Rosalynn Carter
Rose Carter, official color photo, 1977-cropped.jpg
Carter in 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 (age 94)
Plains, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jimmy Carter (1946–present)
ChildrenJohn William, James Earl, Donnel Jeffery, and Amy
ParentsEdgar Smith and Frances Allethea Murray

Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (née Smith; August 18, 1927) is the wife of former President Jimmy Carter and served as First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

First Lady

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.

Envoy Abroad

She also served as an envoy abroad, most notably to Latin America.

Early life

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.