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This Day in Georgia History

August 15, 1898

Lillian Gordy Carter Born

Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter, was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. She became a registered nurse, married James Earl Carter in 1923, gave birth to future president Jimmy Carter in 1924, followed by three more children - Gloria (1926), Ruth (1929), and Billy (1937). Much later, she served in the Peace Corps as a nurse in India. She died Oct. 30, 1983, but had lived long enough to see her oldest son elected President of the United States.

To view an image of Lillian Carter, see the Digital Library of Georgia.