The Carters currently hold the record for the longest presidential marriage in America.
They first met when he was three and she was a day old. Now, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are celebrating 75 years of marriage, making it the longest presidential marriage in America. Giving us all relationship goals are the Carters who have dedicated decades of their life to public service from their stint in the White House and after. But they have been even just as dedicated to each other over the years. The former president has called marrying Rosalynn "a pinnacle of my life," according to CNN. He even once said, "The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn."
Growing up in Plains, Georgia, the two of them lived just three miles apart. Rosalynn befriended Jimmy's younger sister and in her memoir, First Lady from Plains, she wrote of her best friend's elder brother, "I thought he was the most handsome young man I had ever seen," she wrote in her memoir." They went on their first date in 1945 when Jimmy was 20 and had just returned from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and Rosalynn was 17 and had just finished her first year at Georgia Southwestern College. They went to watch a movie together for their first date and Jimmy was already falling in love with her, according to NPR.
Jimmy even told his mother not long after that she would be the woman he was going to marry. He even proposed to her six months later. But Rosalynn turned him down at first because she wanted to first graduate college. "But he was persistent," she told Good Morning America. The two got married the following year on July 7, 1946, at a Methodist church in Plains after Jimmy Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy. "It was happy and joyful and obviously long-lasting," he said of his marriage. "Rose did say OK finally, and staying with me all this long has been the most wonderful thing in my life."
Sharing the secrets of such a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship they share with each other the 39th president of America, said: "We've survived this long together because first of all, we give each other plenty of space to do our own thing." Rosalynn added, "We're always looking to do things or find things we can do together, like fly fishing and bird watching and just going out to the pond, catch a fish." The two of them also have other activities they do together, like read the Bible together each night. They have been doing this for 60 years.
"When I'm overseas and Rose is at home, we know we're reading the same biblical text, and even though we're separated physically, it makes us think about the same scripture and admonition from God, direction from God before we go to sleep," he explained. "So it helps a lot." He describes their relationship as "a full partnership." In their interview with the Associated Press, the couple acknowledged that their marriage hasn’t been seamless. “We developed a partnership when we were working in the farm supply business, and it continued when Jimmy got involved in politics,” Rosalynn said and added, “I knew more on paper about the business than he did. He would take my advice about things.”
#75YearsAgo today these two kids tied the knot and forged a bond that cannot be broken. They are now also the longest married presidential couple! #HappyAnniversay President and Mrs. Carter! Image: Carter Family Photos #GreatCouplesInHistory #75thWeddingAnniversary pic.twitter.com/AV9k5aEJPD— Jimmy Carter Presidential Library (@CarterLibrary) July 7, 2021
For their milestone wedding anniversary, the Carters spent their evening at home in Plains. Friends and family will gather over the weekend for an anniversary party at their old high school. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library shared a throwback photo of the two and wrote: "#75YearsAgo today these two kids tied the knot and forged a bond that cannot be broken. They are now also the longest-married presidential couple! #HappyAnniversay President and Mrs. Carter!" Warm wishes poured in for the couple on this momentous occasion. "The number of things that have to go right in your life to have a 75th anniversary," the couple's grandson, Jason told PEOPLE, "it's a truly incredible milestone."