The couple, who married in 1946, is fast-approaching George and Barbara Bush for the title of longest-married presidential couple in US history.
Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. This year, Carter earned the title of the oldest living former president of the United States, surpassing George H. W. Bush. The couple also approaches George and Barbara Bush as the longest-married presidential couple in US history, according to ABC.
The Carters got married on July 7, 1946, in a Methodist church in their hometown of Plains, Georgia, when he was 21 and she was 18. Carter, a Democrat, was president between 1977 and 1981. He is now 94. The couple has three sons, one daughter, eight grandsons, three granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. They founded the Carter Center in 1982, with a mission to advance peace and improve health worldwide. Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for "his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development." The former first lady is the chair of the Carter Center mental health task force, and has been a mental health advocate for over 45 years.
"I have worked on mental health for 47 years, and I plan to make it to 50," she said. This Valentine’s Day, the Carters were caught on the “Kiss Cam” at the Atlanta Hawks game, and continue to publicly show great and genuine affection for one another through more than seven decades together. This anniversary ties the Carters with George and Barbara Bush for the longest-married presidential couple.
The Carters also have faced a litany of health scares together, including a cancer scare in 2015. Doctors discovered a rare form of cancer in the former president's liver and brain. “We thought life was over for me. I think that having been together for 69 years obviously made it easier for us to weather that storm of emotions,” Jimmy Carter said in 2016.
The Carters were married the same year that Jimmy graduated from the US Naval Academy, which meant that the couple was apart for a while immediately after the wedding. “I was at sea a lot during those early years, and trusted [Rosalynn] to manage our family budget and finances and to make most of the decisions about household affairs and raising our children,” the former president wrote in his autobiography A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety. He also wrote that he and Rosalynn became "real partners" through campaigning. “When she joined me in political campaigning — always appearing without me — she was effective in securing support from doubtful voters, and I soon realized that people were more inclined to express their beliefs or concerns to her than to me. … [S]he liked the entire political process more than I did,” he wrote.