Jimmy Carter, 39th US President from 1977 to 1981, became the country's oldest living former president on Thursday and surpassed late President George H.W. Bush, who died in November.
From Thursday, Carter is 94 years old and 172 days old. When Bush died on November 30, 2019, he was 94 years and 171 days old. Carter broke another record after becoming the country's former president "to live the longest after leaving the office for more than 38 years," ABC News reported. Former President Gerald Ford had that title until Carter broke it.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that there was a debate about Carter reaching the milestone Thursday or Friday "based on Bush's deadline".
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Carter Center said in a statement that they were "rooting" to the former president.
"We at Carter Center are confident that rooting for him is grateful for his longevity, which has earned millions of the world's poorest people," Carter Center said in a statement.
Carter was elected office in 1976 when he was 52 years old. Following his presidency, Carter conducted extensive humanitarian work and created the Carter Center, which "seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, strengthen freedom and democracy and improve health." He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian efforts. He continues to be active in Habitat for Humanity with his wife Rosalynn.
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In 2015, Carter announced that he had cancer that spread to his brain. He underwent treatment and later announced that he was free from cancer.
"My latest M.R. brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer points or any new ones," Carter said in a statement at that time.