Former President Jimmy Carter was born James Earl Carter, Jr. in 1924, in Plains, Georgia. Upon graduation in 1946 from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Carter married Rosalynn Smith. He was elected Governor of Georgia in 1970 and 39th President of the United States in 1976. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan and not-for-profit center which addresses national and international issues of public policy. Mr. Carter is the author of 17 books. He was awarded the Nobel peace Prize in 2002.