Birth Name: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Place of Birth: Plains, Georgia, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 1, 1924
Ethnicity: English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Scottish, remote French, Dutch, and Swiss-German
Jimmy Carter is an American politician, author, and activist. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 39th President of the United States, from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. He was elected to the position in 1976. He was previously a Member of the Georgia Senate, from January 14, 1963 to January 10, 1967, and the 76th Governor of Georgia, from January 12, 1971 to January 14, 1975.
He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1980.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002. He was also Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1976.
President Carter is the son of Bessie Lillian (Gordy), a Peace Corps volunteer, author, and nurse, and James Earl Carter, a businessperson, farmer, and legislator. He is married to Eleanor Rosalynn (Smith). Their four children are Amy, Jack Carter, who is a businessperson and politician, James, and Donnel Carter. Most of his ancestry is English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Scottish, and remote French, Dutch, and Swiss-German.
President Carter is the grandfather of politician Jason Carter.
President Carter’s paternal grandfather was William Archibald “Billy” Carter (the son of Littleberry Walker Carter and Mary Ann Diligent/Dilligence/Diligence Seals). William was born in Sumter County, Georgia. Littleberry was the son of Wiley Carter and Ann Ansley/Ainsley. President Carter’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of William Archibald Seals and Eliza Harris.
President Carter’s paternal grandmother was Nina Pratt (the daughter of James E. Pratt and Sophronia C. Cowan/Cowen). Nina was born in Abbeville County, South Carolina. James was the son of John Pratt and Mary Kay. Sophronia was the daughter of John Cowan and Sarah Brownlee Clinkscales. The surname Clinkscales is Scottish.
President Carter’s maternal grandfather was James Jackson Gordy (the son of James Thomas Gordy and Harriet Emily Helms). President Carter’s grandfather James was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. President Carter’s great-grandfather James was the son of Wilson Gordy and Mary Scott. Harriet was the daughter of Pamly Uriah Helms and Elizabeth Fisher.
President Carter’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ida Nicholson (the daughter of Nathaniel Nunn Nicholson and Mary Elizabeth Dawson). President Carter’s grandmother Mary was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. Nathaniel was the son of John Nicholson/Nickolson and Frances/Francis “Fanny”/”Fannie” Nunn. President Carter’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Malekiah Dawson and Mary Marcus Brown.
President Carter’s matrilineal line can be traced to his great-great-great-grandmother Sarah Casandra “Sally” Marcus, who was born, c. 1789, in Edgefield County, South Carolina, and to Sarah’s parents, Daniel Marcus and Mary.
President Carter’s (white) great-grandfather James Thomas Gordy had a child with Esther Johnson, a black woman. Their son, Berry Gordy, was the grandfather of music producer Berry Gordy. As such, President Carter is a half-second cousin of producer Berry Gordy. President Carter is thus also related to Redfoo and SkyBlu, who are the pop duo LMFAO, to SkyBlu’s sister, singer and actress Mahogany Lox, and to actress Bianca Lawson and musician and actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick, who are also Gordy descendants. He is a half-second cousin, once removed, of Redfoo and Rhonda, and a half-second cousin, twice removed, of SkyBlu, Mahogany, and Bianca.
President Carter is a fourth cousin of politician and author Bob Graham, through their great-great-great-grandparents, Abel Ansley and Ann Morris, on President Carter’s father’s and Bob’s mother’s, sides.
Sources: Genealogies of President Carter – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of President Carter (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov
The Irish would have to say they were Protestant at that time! – don’t forget that.
People on here seem to think religion is a part of a persons genome. Like it is fixed that an Irishman is Catholic! Of course, its nonsense.
In early America you’d just have to go along with the religion of the inhabitants.
How do you know the religion of these people, anyway, that you confidently state? – did they have it stamped on them?
Follers are you sure his Irish ancestors were Catholic? I know Wikipedia isn’t usually accurate but they labeled him as Scotch-Irish on “Irish American” page. They seemed to have the other presidents written accurately as well so it seemed believable.
I don’t know. Maybe http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38952443
Yea the link says Presbyterian church
I know, but it doesn’t mean she was born a Presbyterian (or that her father was).
His great-grandfather’s partner was an African slave. Not sure this was common or if you want to add that to the profile.
I could. Can you give me more information?
Yea sure, Jimmy Carter’s mothers, fathers, father was James Thomas Gordy whose partner was Esther Johnson.
Jimmy Carter as a partially Irishmen I don’t think Jimmy Carter is very Irish.
He looks Ashkenazi Cherokee and Italian sign Michael Lipken
I searched Jesse Carter Taliaferro and found him and Jimmy Carter are descended from Aaron Fitz rogers threw ancestry.com records who was a merchant from Italy.
Aaron Fitz Rogers was born around 1280. Quite a while back.
Yea I know wanted to point out that fact. Does it say why he left to go to England?