Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Celebrate 75 Years Of Marriage: 'Secret Is To Marry The Right Person'

Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Celebrate 75 Years Of Marriage: 'Secret Is To Marry The Right Person'

The pair got candid during a joint interview ahead of the their 75th wedding anniversary on July 7.

Jimmy Carter was only 21 years old and Rosalynn was just 19 when they got married on July 7, 1946, at a Methodist church in Plains. Little did they know that their relationship was about to make history. The pair ended up winning the title of the longest-married presidential couple in the United States!




Previously, the record belonged to former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were married for 73 years and 111 days at the time of the former first lady’s death in 2018. Now former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary on July 7. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are still together in the same tiny town where they were born and raised nearly eight decades later!



Rosalynn 93, and her first and only love Carter, now 96, will be celebrating the special day in their hometown of Plains, Georgia.  Grandson Jason Carter previously told PEOPLE, the pair plan to celebrate by hosting a private gathering. The 45-year-old shared that the celebration will be a "big party ... with a lot of their friends from over the years." The couple will not be celebrating at the Carters' modest ranch home but "at different sorts of locations," Jason said. "The number of things that have to go right in your life to have a 75th anniversary," he added, "it's a truly incredible milestone."



In the 75 years they've been together, the Carters went on to have four children —sons Jack, Chip, and Jeff and, after a 14-year gap, daughter Amy, who spent part of her childhood in the White House. “It’s a full partnership,” the 39th president told The Associated Press, as per NBC News, during a joint interview ahead of the couple’s 75th wedding anniversary. The upcoming celebration has left the famous residents of Sumter County with mixed emotions. “We have too many people invited,” Rosalynn Carter said with a laugh. “I’m actually praying for some turndowns and regrets."




As for their incredible milestone in matrimony, Carter shed light on what makes their marriage last saying that “Every day there needs to be reconciliation and communication between the two spouses.” He elaborated that the two devout Christians read the Bible together aloud each night — something they’ve done for years, even when separated by their travels. “We don’t go to sleep with some remaining differences between us,” he said.  Rosalynn Carter pointed out, “Jimmy and I are always looking for things to do together.” But it's also important that “each (person) should have some space. That’s really important.”



With similar interests like bird-watching, tennis, and even downhill skiing (back in the day, of course), they spent decades enjoying their favorite hobbies together. They also led an annual build for Habitat for Humanity, erecting and fixing up more than 4,000 homes. In a previous interview with PEOPLE, the former POTUS said,  “It’s hard to live until you’re 95 years old. I think the best explanation for that is to marry the best spouse: someone who will take care of you and engage and do things to challenge you and keep you alive and interested in life. One of the things Jesus taught was: If you have any talents, try to utilize them for the benefit of others,” said Carter, adding, “That’s what Rose and I have both tried to do.” 



The couple had known each other most of their lives. Speaking of the first time he met Rosalynn, Carter said in Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas' book What Makes a Marriage Last, "I was cruising around with my sister Ruth and her boyfriend, just looking for a date, and I picked up Rosalynn in front of the Methodist church," he said of the time he was on one of his breaks from the Naval Academy. The two went to the movies. "I just felt compatible with her," he said. "She was beautiful and innocent, and there was a resonance. We rode in the rumble seat of a Ford pickup—Ruth and her boyfriend in the front—and I kissed her on that first date. I remember that vividly." Who knew that would end in a marriage that lasted... 75 years and counting!  


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