The Family History of Jimmy Carter | Jimmy Carter Genealogy
Despite coming from a rural background, Jimmy Carter was our first U.S. President to be born in a hospital. Before entering politics, he studied nuclear physics at the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an officer aboard a nuclear submarine. Carter was elected President as a Washington outsider after the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration.
While only serving one term, Carter is credited with both negotiating a Middle East Peace Accord and modernizing the U.S. military with smart weapons and other advanced technology. After his Presidency, Carter founded the Carter Center in Atlanta and has helped in many peace negotiations and the monitoring of elections around the world.
For his peace efforts, Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. His parents were James Earl Carter and Lillian Gordy. Carter shares a common descent from John Carter, an early settler of Virginia and an ancestor of Robert “King” Carter who was the wealthiest man in colonial Virginia, with presidents William Henry Harrison and his son Benjamin Harrison.
Through his descent from William Strother of Virginia on his father’s side, Carter is descended from Charlemagne and William “the Conqueror”, and numerous other English kings. Also descended from William Strother were presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler. Jimmy Carter also shares a common descent from Christopher Almy and Richard Morris with President Richard Nixon. Finally, President Carter shares a common descent from Adrian Gordy with President Obama (they are 8th cousins).