Rosiato: Jimmy Carter, the oldest living president in US history, has decided to spend his final days at his home in Georgia with his wife Rosalyn rather than seek further treatment for his illness.
The Democratic president, who has dedicated his life to public service and philanthropy, has the full support of his medical team and family, but no explanation has been given as to what problems led to his recent hospital stay.
His grandson, Jason, tweeted on Saturday that he was going to visit his grandparents, who have been married for 76 years, and live peacefully in their loving home.
James Earl Carter Jr. was born on October 1, 1924. Carter is the son of a peanut farmer from Georgia. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946 and married Rosalyn Smith shortly after.
The couple has three sons, John William (Jack), James Earl III (Chip), Daniel Jeffrey (Jeff), and a daughter, Amy Lynn.
Carter served seven years as a naval officer before returning to Georgia and entered state politics in 1962, being elected governor of Georgia eight years later.
In 1974, he began his campaign for the presidency of the United States, and two years later, President Gerald R. beat Ford
Carter became the 39th president of the United States, defeating his predecessor, Gerald Ford, in 1976, while the country was still reeling from the Watergate scandal during Richard Nixon's presidency.
He served only one term as president, hurt by the oil crisis that forced Americans to wait in gas lines, and was defeated in 1980 by Republican Ronald Reagan.
By the end of his administration, inflation and interest rates were near record highs, but Carter could still claim to have created nearly eight million jobs and reduced the budget deficit.
He was recognized as an international champion of human rights both during his presidency and after. Carter was at the forefront of brokering the Camp David Accords between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1978.
Carter was involved in the hostage taking of the American embassy staff in Iran in the early days of the Islamic Revolution. His decision in 1980 to authorize the military rescue of American hostages in Iran is said to have led to his defeat in re-election that year.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 after establishing the Carter Center to promote human rights around the world.
In 2015, Carter was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, which was found in his liver and spread to his brain. About six months after his diagnosis, Carter announced that he no longer needed cancer treatment, as a breakthrough drug that boosts the immune system to fight cancerous tumors had eliminated his symptoms.
Although Carter remained neutral in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, he made calls and visits to several candidates.
Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter wanted to elect Joe Biden, who was a junior senator when Jimmy Carter won the presidency in 1976.