Friday, July 07, 2006

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to President and Mrs. Carter

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to President and Mrs. Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have been married 60 years today! This Atlanta Journal-Constitution article has a lot of great information about this special couple's many years together.

Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter married at 18 years old; on July 7, 1946 at the Plains Methodist Church, Plains, Georgia, to James Earl "Jimmy" Carter (born October 1, 1924, Plains, Georgia), recent Annapolis Naval Academy graduate; Rosalynn Smith and Jimmy Carter met through her friend, his sister, Ruth Carter; Rosalynn Smith refused Carter's initial marriage proposal of December 1945, considering it too soon in their dating, but accepted his second proposal two months later; as a navy engineer and commissioned officer, Carter's career dictated the life and location of his new wife and their subsequent children, who followed him from base to base; for the first seven years of the marriage, they lived in Norfolk, Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New London, Connecticut, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

President Carter shared some marriage secrets with Jann of ETOnline last March:.

"Well, first of all, we love each other... I would say that over a long period of time, we have learned a couple of things: one is to give each other plenty of space; we have learned over a period of time not to try to dominate each other, so in many ways we go our own way. And we kind of set a rule many years ago when we had some difficulties in our marriage that we would never go to sleep without communicating with each other."