Rotterdam in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Home of Jimmy Carter
Rotterdam Housing Area
Home of Jimmy Carter
October 1952 - October 1953
James Earl Carter, Jr., President of the United States 1977-1981, and his wife Rosalynn, lived in Quarters Number 7 when he attended Union College as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander.
Erected 1986 by Members of the US Military.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 42° 47.299′ N, 73° 59.033′ W. Marker is in Rotterdam, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker can be reached from un-named cul-de-sac off of Duanesburg Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in the grassy center of the loop at the end of an the cul-de-sac in a former military housing area. The cul-de-sac has no street sign nor does it have a name on any current maps. The cul-de-sac is off of Duanesburg Road (NYS Route 7) approximately two tenths of a mile to the west of a busy intersection known locally as "5-Corners", and lies to the left (south) as you travel west on Duanesburg Road away from 5 Corners. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12306, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles Early Smithy (approx. 1.2 miles away); Vedder Family Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bradt House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 23 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Enlarged Lock 23 (approx. 2.4 miles away); General Electric Building 32 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hotel Van Curler (approx. 2˝ miles away); M-7 Day (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rotterdam.
Regarding Home of Jimmy Carter. The Carter Family was too poor to afford a four-year college education for Jimmy, so he decided at an early age that he wanted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where the government would provide an education. He began Naval Academy training in 1943 and was commissioned in 1946 and later spent about three years in submarine service. When the navy began building atomic-powered submarines Carter applied to the program. In 1952 he was assigned as an engineering officer of the U.S.S. Sea Wolf, then under construction. As part of his assignment he took graduate courses in nuclear physics and reactor technology at Union College in Schenectady, NY. While attending school he lived in the nearby military housing in Rotterdam, NY. The community of Rotterdam, located in the Town of Rotterdam, is a suburb of, and lies just to the west of, the City of Schenectady, New York.
The housing complex was sold recently: On February 22, 2008 officials from the U.S. General Services Administration concluded the auction of the former Rotterdam Housing Area, with the winning bidder offering $1.92 million for the property. The housing complex is the last of the former Schenectady Army Depot property to be sold by GSA.
The property was initially developed by the Federal Housing Authority in 1951, with apartments leased to military personnel and civilians working for the armed forces. The year after the 52-unit development known as Mohawk Manor opened, Carter, then a young lieutenant commander in the Navy moved into apartment 7 in Building 471 with his wife, Rosalynn. The adjacent depot was constructed in 1918 and served the Army during the later months of WWI. After the war it was used as a supply depot for 55 Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. In 1941 the depot was expanded and renamed Service Forces Depot. Mostly the depot shipped motor vehicles to the Port of New York. At its peak it employed 4000 people. Late in WWII it was renamed again to
Additional keywords. President Jimmy Carter U.S. Navy Rotterdam Army Depot Housing Union College Schenectady USS Seawolf
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,731 times since then and 499 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. 5. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.