Jimmy Carter set to secure record as oldest living former president

Jimmy Carter set to secure record as oldest living former president

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Former President Jimmy Carter, with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, served as president 1977-1981. (Photo credit: The Carter Center)

WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter is poised to surpass the late George H.W. Bush Thursday as the oldest living former president in U.S. history.

At 94 years and 171 days old, Carter will pass the record held by Bush  who died last November  on Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT, the hour that the 41st president died.

Confusion over the exact timing lead to confusion Wednesday, with some outlets reporting that Carter had already achieved the milestone.

The Carter Presidential Library offered a tongue-in-cheek response to the premature reports Thursday.

Carter, a Democrat and former peanut farmer, served one term as president from Jan. 20, 1977-Jan. 20, 1981. In his post-presidency years, he had established himself as a Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian, most notably through his work with Habitat for Humanity, which builds affordable housing across the world.

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