James Earl Carter was born 12 September 1894 in Arlington, Calhoun County, Georgia, United States to William Archibald Carter (1858-1903) and Nina Pratt (1863-1939) and died 22 July 1953 in Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, United States of unspecified causes. He married Bessie Lillian Gordy (1898-1983) 27 September 1923 in Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, United States. Ancestors are from the United States.

Carter, a businessman, farmer and member of the Georgia House of Representatives, is also known as the father of former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1924). He and his wife, the former Bessie Lillian Gordy, in addition to the former President, were the parents of Gloria Carter Spann, evangelist Ruth Carter Stapleton and Billy Carter.


Offspring of James Earl Carter and Bessie Lillian Gordy (1898-1983)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jimmy Carter (1924) 1 October 1924 Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, United States Eleanor Rosalynn Smith (1927)

Gloria Carter (1926-1990)
Ruth Carter (1929-1983)
William Alton Carter (1937-1988)

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