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Former president Jimmy Carter prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2018. Carter turns 97 on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Former president Jimmy Carter prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2018. Carter turns 97 on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Scott Cunningham, Getty Images/TNS)

ATLANTA (Tribune News Service) — It is rarified air that Jimmy Carter has been in for a while now.

On Friday, when Carter turns 97, he further solidifies his standing as the oldest living president in the history of the United States. It is a record set by a peanut farmer and Nobel Peace Prize winner that might never get broken.

The Navy veteran, born in Plains, Ga., in 1924, already has a 37-year advantage on Barack Obama, who turned 60 this year.

It’s not Carter’s only claim to longevity. In July, he and wife Rosalynn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. They are the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history, followed by former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were married for 73 years and 102 days until Barbara’s 2018 death.

The Carters are planning a private birthday celebration for Jimmy at their Plains home on Friday.

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