American political activist, Amy Carter is popular for being the daughter of the one-time POTUS, Jimmy Carter. Just three years into her life, Amy was shot to fame. That was when her father, American politician Jimmy Carter became the governor of the U.S state, Georgia. Six years later, she graduated from being the daughter of a state governor to that of a president when Jimmy became the American President.
Being the only daughter of the once U.S president, Amy’s life has since remained in the limelight, with many seeking to know all the latest about it. Here, we bring you everything you’ve been searching out for about Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy Carter.
Amy Carter Bio
Amy Lynn Carter was born on the 19th day of October 1967 in Plains, Georgia, United States. She was born to Eleanor Rosalynn and James Earl Carter Jr. alongside her three brothers, Jack, Donnel and James. Amy spent the first three years of her life in her birthplace, Plains. Her family then moved to Georgia’s capital city, Atlanta to live in the government house when her father became the state governor in 1970. In 1976, they left Atlanta, Georgia for the White House in Washington D.C. when Jimmy became president.
Amy Carter completed her elementary school education at the Stevens Elementary School, Washington D.C. She then proceeded to the Rose Hardy Middle School also in W.D.C. after which she did her senior high at the Woodward Academy in College Park, close to Atlanta.
On completing high school, Amy Carter enrolled at the Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She, however, could not complete her program as the university dismissed her in 1987 during her second year for failing to cover her course work. Amy then moved to the Memphis College of Arts in Tennessee, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She later earned an M.A in Arts History from the Tulane University, New Orleans.
As an arts professional, Carter provided illustrations for The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, a book written for children by Jimmy Carter in 1996. She is also a member of the Board of Counselors of The Carter Center, a human rights charity organization founded by Jimmy Carter in 1982.
While studying at Tulane, Amy Carter met James Gregory Wentzel, a computer consultant. After dating for a few years, they married in September 1996. Carter and Wentzel welcomed their first child, a son named Hugo James Wentzel on 29th July 1999.
Following her marriage, Carter has led a more quiet and private life, rarely making public appearances. She currently lives with her husband and son in Atlanta.
Facts About Jimmy Carter’s Daughter
1. Amy Carter broke the jinx of “no young children at the white house”
Prior to the Carter presidential administration, young children were not allowed to live in the White House. But Amy Carter became a resident of the U.S seat of government at the age of nine. After her family left the government house, the “no children” tradition continued until Bill Clinton’s tenure.
2. All about her Misty Malarky Ying Yang
Not only did Amy Carter come to live in the White House as a child, but she also came along with her pet cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang. This is worthy of note because no other cat lived in the presidential lodge after Misty until Bill Clinton’s own named Socks.
3. Amy’s Tree House
Amy Carter really enjoyed a carefree life at the White House during her dad’s presidency. With the help of her friends, she erected a tree house on the South Lawn of the presidential villa. There, she usually hosted slumber parties for her friends with Secret Service watching over them. She was even allowed to roller skate through the White House East Room. She, however, drew negative attention to herself when she was captured reading a book during a state dinner, an attitude that was deemed disrespectful, especially to foreign guests.
4. Activism and Arrest
While still an undergraduate of Brown University, Amy Cater started participating in a number of political protests and activism especially the ones that had to do with “malicious” foreign policies. Her activism was significant enough to have influenced the change of some American policies.
Security agents eventually arrested her in 1986 alongside 13 other protesters for picketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst over CIA college recruitment. But Amy and her colleagues scaled through the trials without conviction on of any of the offenses leveled against them. However, the university expelled her for failing to meet up with her studies due to the distractions.
5. Amy Believes she belongs to no one
Prior to her first marriage, Amy Carter asserted that she does not belong to anybody. Owing to this belief, Amy did not allow her father to give her away ahead of the solemnization. She also did not take up her husband’s last name after the marriage.