Rosalynn Carter, ex-U.S. first lady, dies at 96
Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter is dead.
She died at 96.
Ms Carter was credited for helping her husband, Jimmy Carter, from politicking in rural Georgia to superintending over the United States in the White House.
“Jimmy entered politics in 1962, winning a seat in the Georgia Senate. Rosalynn, an important member of his campaign team, helped develop support for her husband’s successful bid for the governorship of Georgia in 1970,” said the White House. “During his Presidential campaigns, Rosalynn traveled independently throughout the United States. Her belief in her husband’s ability to lead the nation was communicated in a quiet, friendly manner that made her an effective campaigner.”
Ms Carter served as the first lady from 1977 to 1981.
“She was an envoy abroad and a leading advocate for numerous causes, including mental health research,” stated the White House.
It added, “A skillful speaker and a hardworking First Lady, Mrs. Carter managed routine duties and special projects in her office in the East Wing. She attended Cabinet meetings and major briefings, frequently represented the Chief Executive at ceremonial occasions, and served as the President’s personal emissary to Latin American countries.
“As First Lady, she focused national attention on the performing arts. She invited to the White House leading classical artists from around the world, as well as traditional American artists. She also took a strong interest in programs to aid mental health, the community, and the elderly. From 1977 to 1978, she served as the Honorary Chairperson of the President’s Commission on Mental Health.”
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