Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter through the years

Published 2:11 PM ET, Thu August 20, 2015
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Jimmy Carter embraces his wife, Rosalynn, after receiving the final news of his victory in the 1976 presidential election. Reflecting on his accomplishments while addressing his current cancer diagnosis, the former President said, "The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn." Carter married Rosalynn Smith in 1946. "That's a pinnacle of my life," he said. Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Carter speaks on election night at an Atlanta hotel in 1976. Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Carter walks hand-in-hand with Rosalynn and his daughter, Amy, during his inaugural parade in Washington on January 21, 1977. It was the first time in history that a President had not ridden toward the White House in a carriage or automobile to celebrate taking the oath of office. -/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Carter holds his wife's hand during the inaugural parade. Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Carter is sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Burger as the 39th President of the United States. -/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Carter addresses the media outside his residence in Plains, Georgia, next to his wife and Democratic presidential hopeful Richard Gephardt in March 1988. MIKE SPAGUE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Carter shakes hands with Israeli Labour Party leader Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in March 1990. SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
President Bill Clinton, Carter and other former U.S. Presidents stand with their wives during Richard Nixon's funeral in Yorba Linda, California, in April 1994. LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Carters wave to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The Carters attend the grand opening ceremony of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 2004. TIM SLOAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Carters attend a MusiCares gala honoring Bob Dylan in February. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/Getty Images