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JIMMY CARTER Jimmy Carter signs a copy of his presidential oath. Presidential Oath signed: "J Carter", 1p, 5¾x7¼. In full: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully

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Jimmy Carter signs a copy of his presidential oath.
Presidential Oath signed: "J Carter", 1p, 5¾x7¼. In full: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as President on Thursday, January 20, 1977, at 12:05 p.m. on a platform erected on the east portico of the Capitol. The weather was clear and cold. Chief Justice Warren Burger addressed Carter as "Jimmy" and the President-elect, when repeating the above oath, stated his name as "Jimmy" (between the words "I" and "do") instead of "James Earl." The inaugural address, written largely by Carter, was short, taking only 17 minutes to deliver. It drew on a variety of sources, including Jefferson's first inaugural and the words of the Old Testament prophet Micah. After the ceremony, Carter, accompanied by his wife, Rosalynn, whose left hand he held, walked the mile and a half from the Capitol to the White House, even though a bullet-proof limousine had been assigned to him for the trip. As he walked the traditional route, later their daughter, Amy, and other members of the family joined in the walk. Carter, his family and guests entered a solar-heated reviewing stand in front of which the two-hour inaugural parade passed. In the evening, the Carters attended seven inaugural balls given in their honor. James Earl "Jimmy" Carter (born in 1924) served as 39th U.S. President from 1977-1981. He was the only one-term Democratic President of the 20th century and the first Democrat not to be reelected since Grover Cleveland in 1888. Carter, the only U.S. President to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis (1946, at the age of 21), is also the only U.S. President to serve a full four-year term without making an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. He won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts both during and after his presidency. A month after graduating from the Naval Academy, Carter married Rosalynn Smith. During the next seven years, Carter served aboard battleships and submarines, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. On July 23, 1953, his father, James Earl Carter, Sr., died at the age of 58. Lieutenant Commander Carter resigned from the Navy to rejoin the family peanut farm and warehouse business in Plains. From 1955-1962, he was Chairman of the Sumter County Board of Education. After serving two terms in the Georgia State Senate, Carter ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1966. Four years later, he ran again and won, serving as Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975. On December 12, 1974, Jimmy Carter announced that he was seeking the 1976 Democratic nomination for President. Fine condition.

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