Jimmy Carter
Living Person
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1924
Religion: Baptist
Occupation: Author of Fiction, Author of Non-Fiction, Farmer
Parents: Lillian Gordy Carter
Spouse: Rosalynn Smith Carter
Children: Four
Military Branch: United States Navy (1946-1953)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office: Governor of Georgia
President of the United States (1977-1981)
Turtledove Appearances:

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 - 1981, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia State Senate, and was the 76th Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975. During his presidency, he oversaw an historic treaty between Israel and Egypt, negotiated the immediate future of the Panama Canal, dealt with crises in nuclear power and shortages of energy, and issued proclamations condemning the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. His fortunes took a downturn when his failure to bring about a quick end to the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980 dashed his hopes for a second term. He was defeated by Ronald Reagan.

Carter has made the most of his post-presidency, and many have argued he has accomplished more as a former president than as president. He set up the Carter Center in 1982 as his base for advancing human rights. He has also traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Additionally, Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project.

Jimmy Carter in State of Jefferson

State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Always Something New"
Type of Appearance: Direct via television, also contemporary references throughout series
Political Office(s): President of the United States

President Jimmy Carter lost his bid for a second term to Ronald Reagan in 1980.[1]

Carter's term had seen sufficient turmoil that he was already weak entering the election. He faced a challenge within the Democratic Party from Edward Kennedy.[2] While Carter defeated Kennedy and secured the nomination,[3] the fight further damaged his position, which had been eroded by the Iran hostage crisis. He'd also alienated Democrats even more. Consequently, Carter lost by a landslide.[4]

As the polls closed on the East Coast, Reagan's victory was assured. Adding insult to injury for the Democrats, Carter issued his concession speech two hours before the polls had closed on the West Coast, adversely affecting down-ballot candidates in tight races. For example, the Democrats' loss of the state of Jefferson's only seat in the House was at least in part due to Carter's ill-timed concession, a fact that rankled Jefferson's Democratic governor, Bill Williamson, the lieutenant governor, Al Rafferty, and state attorney general Hyman Apfelbaum.[5]

Jimmy Carter in Southern Victory

Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Drive to the East
Type of Appearance: Direct (as "Jimmy")
Nationality: Confederate States
Date of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Occupation: Sailor
Military Branch: Confederate States Navy
(Second Great War)

Jimmy, shortly before his death in 1942.

Jimmy (1924-1942) was a Confederate Navy sailor in the Second Great War. In late 1942, while on leave in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy organized the defenses of the town against a surprise raid by Spartacus and his band of guerrillas which included escaped US POWs. He was killed by US officer Jonathan Moss in front of his mother Miss Lillian.[6]

Literary comment

Although Jimmy is described well enough to identify him clearly, his surname is not given.


  1. "Always Something New," at Tor.com
  2. "Typecasting," at Tor.com
  3. "Something Fishy," Tor.com
  4. "Always Something New"
  5. Ibid.
  6. Drive to the East, pg. 524, tpb.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald Ford
President of the United States
Succeeded by
Ronald Reagan
Preceded by
Lester Maddox
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
George Busbee
Party political offices
Preceded by
George McGovern
Democratic Party presidential candidate
1976 (won); 1980 (lost)
Succeeded by
Walter Mondale