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James Earl Carter

Biography

Born in Plains, Georgia. Married Rosalynn Smith July 7, 1946. They have four children. Attended Georgia Southwestern College 1941 to 1942 and Georgia Institute of Technology 1942 to 1943. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. Served under Admiral Rickover in the nuclear submarine program. Resigned from the Navy after the death of his father in 1954. Managed family business growing peanuts.

Elected to the Georgia Senate in 1962. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1966. Elected Governor of Georgia in 1970.

He received the Democratic party nomination for President in 1976 and won the election over Gerald Ford. In 1980 he was defeated in his reelection attempt by Ronald Reagan. Served as 39th President January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. Served as international observer for free elections in various foreign countries. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

His election campaign and administration was based on the intent to reduce the size and costs of government bureaucracy. One of his actions was abolishment of the Assay Commission. The last public meeting of the Assay Commission was in 1976. Medals were produced for 1977 but not issued to the commission. About 1500 were sold to the public at $20 each. The statutory members met in 1980. Their positions have since been closed.

Carter appears on a mint medal (USM 141) in the standard presidential series. Design was by Frank Gasparro. Some of these medals were engraved on the edge "1980 ANNUAL ASSAY COMMISSION."

Bio:BDEB; ConAut 69; IntWW 92-93; WAB; WW 93;WWA 94, 04

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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