Happy Anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

When former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, she and former President George H.W. Bush had been married for 73 years, 101 days, the longest-married presidential couple. (They were married on January 6, 1945.)

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married on July 7, 1946, a year and a half after the Bushes, so they passed the Bushes to become the longest-married presidential couple last October. Today is the Carters’ 74th wedding anniversary! They keep setting records with their longevity. Jimmy is the longest-lived president in American history (he was born October 1, 1924, and has been the longest-lived since April of last year, when he eclipsed George H.W. Bush’s record). He is the longest-retired president ever (he left office on January 20, 1981, more than 39 years ago).

After the Carters and Bushes, the presidential couple with the third-longest marriage was Gerald and Betty Ford, who were married just over 58 years.

Yet more chapters in Ranking the First Ladies that need to be updated.

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