2 November 1976: Jimmy Carter Elected President

On 2 November 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected the 39th President of the United States of America. He would serve one term as leader from 1977 to 1981.

Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, previously served as a Georgia State Senator and the Governor of Georgia. Raised in a wealthy family of peanut farmers, Carter was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and ending racial segregation. In the 1976 general election, Carter ran as an outsider and narrowly defeated incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford.

On his second day in office, Carter pardoned all the Vietnam War draft evaders and officially pardoned 10,000 draft dodgers in January 1977.

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