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James Earl Carter
Nine of Spades
39th President of the United States: 1977–1981

Oil and acrylic on wood
©1996 Tina Mion
From the collection of Raye Malzhan, Crested Butte, CO

Toothsome Southerner James Earl Carter almost stumped the panel on the television show What’s My Line? two years before he became president. Not a pokey reader, he was clocked reading 2,000 words per minute with 95 percent comprehension.

He was a deeply religious man who took turns with his wife Rosalynn reading the Bible in bed.

After leaving office, Carter worked tirelessly to improve human rights and living conditions and to expand democracy throughout the world.

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