Jimmy Carter has authored more than 30 books during his lifetime. Jimmy Carter was the son of a peanut farmer. Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977-1981. The family business endured even as Jimmy Carter rose through the political ranks, with Carter Farms owning between 2000 and 3000 acres of land when he won the presidential election in 1976. Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter have earned global acclaim for their dedication to humanitarian causes.