Oct 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Former President Jimmy Carter turns 97

Jimmy Carter teaching Sunday School

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter teaching Sunday School in Georgia. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jimmy Carter, the oldest former president ever, turned 97 on Friday.

The big picture: Carter has maintained a low profile since the COVID-19 pandemic began and does not plan on making any public appearances, his spokesperson said, per ABC News.

Details: Employees at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site recorded a happy birthday message according to ABC News, and people can sign an online birthday card at the Carter Center's website.

  • Carter plans to spend the day at home in southwest Georgia.
  • In 2015, he was diagnosed with melanoma but was cancer-free four months later.
  • He has had falls that have limited him as well, including one in 2019 that left him with a broken pelvis.
  • He and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in July.
Go deeper