Jimmy Carter becomes longest-living president in US history

Source: The Hill | March 21, 2019 | John Bowden

Former President Jimmy Carter became America’s longest-living president ever on Thursday, surpassing former President George H.W. Bush.

As of March 21, Carter is 94 years and 172 days old, a day older than Bush was when he died last November.

Bush himself became the longest-living president in U.S. history in 2017.

Just a few former presidents have lived past the 90-year mark, including former President Ronald Reagan, Carter’s successor, who lived to be 93.

The Carter Center, the former president’s human rights and anti-poverty organization, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a statement that the center’s staff was “rooting” for the former president, who remains an active volunteer along with his wife, Rosalynn Carter.

“We at the Carter Center sure are rooting for him and are grateful for his long life of service that has benefited millions of the world’s poorest people,” the center told the Journal-Constitution.

The couple have remained active supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the nation’s most prominent housing charity, since leaving the White House and announced last year that they planned to join the organization for volunteer work in Nashville later in 2019.

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