Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born on August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia, the daughter of Allethea Murray and Edgar Smith. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
The eldest of four children, Rosalynn helped raise her siblings after her father died when she was 13 years old. This portrait, circa 1939, was taken when she was 12. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
A member of the Plains High School Victory Corps, Rosalynn Carter (center) and her classmates show support for the troops during World War II. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
This photo was taken on July 7, 1946, when Rosalynn Smith and Jimmy Carter were married in Plains, Georgia. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
Rosalynn Smith Carter with her family in Plains, Georgia, in 1951: (l to r) her sister, Allethea; her mother, Allie, holding Rosalynn’s son Chip Carter; her brother Murray; Rosalynn with her eldest son, Jack Carter, her brother Jerry, her grandfather Captain Murray.
Many said Rosalynn Carter was Jimmy Carter’s best campaign asset in races for state senate, governor of Georgia, and the U.S. presidency. Here they celebrate his 1970 election win to become Georgia’s 76th governor. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter had four children. Jack, Chip, and Jeff Carter were born while the Carters were stationed in different Navy ports. Amy was born in 1967, after the family had moved back to Plains, Georgia. This photo of Rosalynn with Amy is circa 1970. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)
Jeff, Jack, Rosalynn, Jimmy, and Chip Carter (l to r) pose for a photo before the governor’s inaugural ball in January 1971. (Credit: Jimmy Carter Library)