Jimmy Carter: The Oldest Living President Is Still Building Houses

By | November 1, 2019

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Former President Jimmy Carter Jr. and country singer Willie Nelsonin 1985. Photo by Thomas S. England/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images

An avid birdwatcher, humanitarian, and all-around nice guy, Jimmy Carter brought a kind of folksy wisdom with him to the White House when he was elected president in 1976. He was born in 1924, the first president to arrive via the hospital, and he carried that Depression-era mindfulness with him through his presidency and into his post-political career. He managed to make friends with people on both sides of the aisle even when he was thinking out of the box, likely because he’s such a nice guy. Throughout his life he’s had run-ins with Elvis, he sold the presidential boat, and he’s never let his station go to his head. 

Jimmy Carter Lives In A $167,000 House

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After residing in the White House for four years it has to be hard to move somewhere with less stature, somewhere small, but that’s exactly what Jimmy Carter did after his term in office. Following the end of his presidency, Carter moved back to the Plains, Georgia ranch home that he built for himself in 1967. Carter’s house is just a two-bedroom home, and it’s been assessed at $167,000, almost $10,000 below the normal value of a similar home in Georgia. While other presidents have moved to farms or full-on estates, Carter didn’t let his status as President change him one bit. 

It's inspiring to see someone who's risen to the top of the political hierarchy in America eschew the trappings of wealth in order to live how he wants to live. Carter, summed up his lifestyle perfectly while speaking with the Washington Post when he said, "It just never had been my ambition to be rich."