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Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

President Jimmy Carter

 
 
President Jimmy Carter Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 14, 2004
1. President Jimmy Carter Marker
Inscription. From this depot in 1975, James Earl Carter, Jr. launched a two-year campaign for the presidency of the United States. At first an unknown referred to as “Jimmy Who,” Carter was inaugurated as America’s 39th President on January 20, 1977.

James Earl Carter, Jr. was born October 1, 1924, in Plains. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and married Rosalynn Smith in 1946. After seven more years of naval service he returned to run a family agribusiness. In 1962, Jimmy Carter was elected to the Georgia Senate and in 1970, became Governor. As governor, he reorganized state government, reformed the budgetary process, improved race relationships, health care, education, and environmental quality. Notable achievements of his presidency (1977-1981) were based on the values he considered most important “… human rights, environmental quality, nuclear arms control, and the search for justice and peace.” Successes included the resolution of the Panama Canal issue, signing the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, the Camp David accords and peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, normalizing relations with China and reorganization of the federal government. This Depot and surrounding historic district symbolize the culture of this small rural community which produced a highly respected international leader.
 
Erected
President Jimmy Carter Residence-Plains GA image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 26, 1995
2. President Jimmy Carter Residence-Plains GA
1986 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 129-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 2.007′ N, 84° 23.641′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Hudson Street, on the left when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is in front of the old Plains Depot. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plains Depot (a few steps from this marker); Early Days (within shouting distance of this marker); M and M Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Walters Grocery Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Billy Carter Service Station (about 300 feet away); Old Carter Peanut Warehouse (about 300 feet away); Carter Warehouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
Also see . . .
1. Official Biography of Jimmy Carter. (Submitted on August 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Information on the Jimmy Carter National Historic site in
Billy Carter's gas station-Plains GA (Pres. Carter's brother) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 26, 1995
3. Billy Carter's gas station-Plains GA (Pres. Carter's brother)
Plains. (Submitted on August 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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President Jimmy Carter Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
4. President Jimmy Carter Marker
President Jimmy Carter Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
5. President Jimmy Carter Marker
The old Plains Depot, where the Jimmy Carter's campaign for the presidency began and which served as his campaign headquarters, is in the background.
President Jimmy Carter Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
6. President Jimmy Carter Marker
The Plains business district, part of the Plains Historic District, is in the background.
President Jimmy Carter Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2011
7. President Jimmy Carter Marker
"First Brother" Billy Carter's gas station is in the background, across the railroad tracks.
President Jimmy Carter image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
8. President Jimmy Carter
This 1980 portrait of Jimmy Carter by Robert Templeton hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In the early stages of the 1976 presidential campaign, the experts hardly gave a second thought to Jimmy Carter's chances of winning the Democratic nomination, much less the White House. But the former Georgia governor's ‘can-do,’ Washington outsider's image, along with his traditional populism, had great voter appeal, and in the final poll he emerged triumphant. Unfortunately, Carter did not prove as popular in the presidency as he had on the stump, being blamed for problems such as runaway inflation. Nevertheless, his administration had some unalloyed successes, including a landmark peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, which would probably never have been reached without Carter's own dogged determination to make it happen.

Artist Robert Templeton made the first sketches for this portrait at the White House in 1978. In the picture, Carter stands in the Oval Office, which is furnished as it had been during his administration. The donkey statuette on his desk was a gift from the Democratic National Committee.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 927 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 8, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   8. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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