Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President born in a hospital.

  • Jimmy Carter in his study
Jimmy Carter in his study
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The majority of U.S. Presidents were born in their parents’ homes, as it wasn’t until the early 20th century that hospital births became common throughout the United States. In fact, the first President born in a hospital was Jimmy Carter, on October 1, 1924. America’s 39th President (who served as commander in chief from 1977 to 1981) was born at the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia, where his mother, Lillian Carter, worked as a nurse at the time. (The institution was later renamed the Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center in her honor.) Jimmy Carter’s upbringing was far from modern, however; when he left the hospital as a baby, he went home to the family farm, which lacked plumbing and electricity.

Only five other U.S. Presidents have been born in hospitals: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden. Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, was born in his parents’ apartment in Tampico, Illinois. George H.W. Bush, who succeeded Reagan, was born at the family home in Milton, Massachusetts, and remains the last U.S. President not born in a hospital.

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