Jimmy Carter Oldest Living Former US President

Former President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event in Midtown Manhattan

Former President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event in Midtown Manhattan

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture at the House of Lords on February 3, 2016 in London.

As of Thursday evening, the 39th president of the U.S. was 94 years and 172 days old surpassing George H.W. Bush, who died in November 2018, at 94 years and 171 days old.

Born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia, the typically cheery and humble former Navy lieutenant has had a life of service.

Bush, the 41st president who was in the White House from 1989 to 1993, died on November 30 after living 94 years and 171 days.

Carter also has the longest post-presidency in U.S. History, now at 38 years, 60 days.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave the Georgia native the longest-living designation Thursday morning, but the Jimmy Carter Library noted that the newspaper had gotten ahead of itself and the story was corrected.

Former President Jimmy Carter holds hands with his wife former first lady Rosalynn Carter as they work with other volunteers on site during the first day of the weeklong Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project their 35th work project with Habitat for Huma

"He and Mrs. Carter take walks, and they have followed a healthy diet for a lifetime", Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center, told CNN.

(Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) Former President Jimmy Carter holds hands with his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, as they work with other volunteers on site during the first day of the weeklong Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, their 35th work project with Habitat for Humanity, Aug. 27, 2018, in Mishawaka, Ind.

As president, he played a major role in the negotiations that led to 1979′s Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

Not too many presidents have lived into their 90's. Ronald Reagan trounced Carter in 1980 with Bush as his vice presidential running mate.

He's worked on more than 4,000 homes for Habitat for Humanity. A devout Baptist, he continues to teach Sunday school, twice a month, at his church in Plains, Georgia. Following his presidency, Carter did extensive humanitarian work and created the Carter Center that "seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health".

After his presidency, Carter was dubbed the "active ex-president", and received a Nobel Prize in 2002.

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