Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter To Celebrate Their 75th Wedding Anniversary: '..Marry The Right Person..'

Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter To Celebrate Their 75th Wedding Anniversary: '..Marry The Right Person..'

It's no easy feat to cross such an "incredible milestone," but the longest-living Presidential couple knows the secret to a successful marriage.

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The longest-married-presidential couple, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are about to hit yet another milestone, as they gear up to mark their 75th wedding anniversary on July 7. According to The New York Times, it all began when the former President was home from the U.S. Naval Academy, during the summer of 1945. The midshipman was in need of a date, so his younger sister, Ruth, decided to set him up with a friend of his, and it was someone who already had a crush on him. Apparently, Rosalynn had noticed him, especially when he walked around their small town in Plains, Georgia, in his crisp white uniform. 


After his first outing with her, he went home and apparently told his mother "there wasn't a doubt" in his mind that Rosalynn was the one he wanted to marry. "I knew that she was quiet, she was extremely intelligent ... beautiful," he previously said on Oprah, blushing. "There was just something about her that was irresistible." Good Housekeeping states that Carter can actually recall the day Rosalynn was born, as they stayed right next to his home. He was three at the time. Back then, they had no idea what fate had in store for them. Less than a year after their first date, Carter popped the question, but he wasn't expecting Rosalynn to hit him with a big "no".


He admitted he "grieved and persevered," but he was planning to propose to her again. That's when he gifted her a compact engraved with ILYTG, which stood for: "I love you the goodest." Luckily, she said yes, and in 1946, they were man and wife. AP reports that nearly eight decades since they exchanged vows, the couple still stay in the small town that witnessed their romance bloom. “It’s a full partnership,” the 39th president said, during an interview. Carter, 96, who left the Oval Office in 1981, is also the longest-lived of the 45 chief executives who have served the country. 


In an era where marriages fall apart very easily, how did the Carters stay together for nearly eight decades? Well, it's rather simple. “My biggest secret is to marry the right person if you want to have a long-lasting marriage,” Carter said. “Every day there needs to be reconciliation and communication between the two spouses,” the former president said, explaining that he and Rosalynn, both 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.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) and former first lady Rosalynn Carter wave on stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 25, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The DNC, where U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be officially nominated as the Democratic candidate for U.S. president, starts today and finishes August 28th. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Rosalynn, 93, spoke about the importance of finding things that are interesting to both. “Jimmy and I are always looking for things to do together.” But, this doesn't mean you stick to each other like glue, because “Each (person) should have some space. That’s really important.” The Carters have plans to celebrate their "incredible milestone" by throwing a party a few days after the actual date, per PEOPLE. “We have too many people invited,” Rosalynn Carter said with a laugh. “I’m actually praying for some turndowns and regrets.” In May 2021, grandson Jason Carter revealed what the couple was up to. 


"What they're really doing these days is planning their 75th anniversary party for July," he revealed. The event is rumored to be a "big party ... with a lot of their friends from over the years." However, the party will not be held at Carters' modest ranch home but "at different sorts of locations," Jason says.  "The number of things that have to go right in your life to have a 75th anniversary," he says, "it's a truly incredible milestone." 



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