Jimmy Carter celebrates 98th birthday

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event for his new book 'Faith: A Journey For All' at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, March 26, 2018 in New York City.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event for his new book 'Faith: A Journey For All' at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, March 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The oldest living U.S. president hit another milestone on Saturday when Jimmy Carter celebrated his 98th birthday.

In celebration of his birthday, the Carter Center is planning a weeklong virtual celebration for the former president.

Paige Alexander, the center's chief executive officer, shared in an announcement that his service deserves "worldwide celebration."

"As the longest-living president in U.S. history, President Jimmy Carter has had a remarkable life of service that deserves worldwide celebration," Alexander said. "Whether here in Georgia or in hard-to-reach regions around the world, millions of people have benefited from President Carter's commitment to making the world a better place."

Carter started the Carter Center with his wife and former first lady Rosalynn Carter in 1982. Rosalynn Carter celebrated her 95th birthday in August; the two have been married since 1946.

Carter has had a remarkable life, serving as the nation's 39th president from 1977 to 1981. He has seen seven other presidents take up the post since leaving office. The Georgia native also served in the senate of his home state as well as its 76th governor.

Carter was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, which he beat, and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma in 2019. Throughout the last few years, Carter has kept a relatively low profile after decades spent in service.

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