Updated: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013, 2:38 PM EST
Published : Friday, 16 Jan 2009, 3:58 PM EST
WASHINGTON (CNN/NATIONAL ARCHIVES) - Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th president of the United States on January 20th, 1977.
Prior to becoming president, he served as the governor of Georgia.
Carter's one-term presidency was besieged by inflation, the energy crisis and Iranian hostage situation. The events led to his defeat after just one term in office.
He's become well-respected for his post-presidency diplomatic work, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
He's also known for his work with Habitat for Humanity.
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