Often children of important people do not understand the value they have until later in life, while they must learn to take responsibilities at a very young age. This is what the daughter of the 39e President of the United States Jimmy Carter was. How did Amy Carter cope with life in the White House? What were her later endeavors?
Amy Lynn Carter was born on October 19, 1967 in Plains, Georgia, USA, the youngest of four children and the only daughter of James “Jimmy” Earl Jr. Carter and Rosalynn Carter. She grew up in Plains until her father became governor of Georgia in 1970, when the family moved into the Georgia Governor’s House.
Cheerful #First day of spring! Rosalynn and Amy Carter spy on something in the sky (A bird! A plane!…) in the White House Rose Garden, 4/3/77. NAID 174254 #ArchivesInBloomRedux @USNatArchives pic.twitter.com/46usSUF80V
— Jimmy Carter Library (@CarterLibrary) March 19, 2020
Several years later, in 1976, Jimmy Carter was voted 39e President of the United States, so his family again changed location and occupied the White House.
Living as a President’s Daughter
During her years in Washington, Carter attended predominantly black public schools; first it was Stevens Elementary School, and then she went to Rose Hardy Middle School. Her nanny was Mary Prince, a black woman who had her share of the spotlight when she was convicted of murder – the charges turned out to be false and Prince was pardoned. She remained Carter’s nanny from 1971 to 1981, when her father’s presidency ended. All this made Amy a staunch supporter of the fight for black people’s rights, not just in America but worldwide.
Carter’s presence in the White House was mentioned in numerous media outlets, as young children had not lived in the White House since John F. Kennedy’s presidency in the 1960s. She kept a Siamese cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang, the last pet of that kind in the White House in more than a decade. Carter also owned an elephant gifted to her by a Sri Lankan immigrant, but it was given to the Washington National Zoo. Carter often cheered everyone up by throwing parties in her treehouse on the South Lawn, but those events were always monitored by Secret Service agents. Another of her childhood endeavors was roller skating in the East Room. She was also often expected to comment to the media, which made her life quite public.
Once she was even involved in a scandal when she read a book at a state dinner, which was considered rude and offensive by many foreign guests. After leaving the White House, the family moved to Atlanta, and Carter spent her senior year of high school in College Park, Georgia, at Woodward Academy. She enrolled at Brown University, but she was not very lucky there, as in 1987 she was academically dismissed for sources claim, not staying on track with her course tasks and projects. Several years later, she graduated from Memphis College of Art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). In 1996, she received her master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the field of art history.
After her teenage years, Carter became a well-known face of political activism.
She was a regular participant in most of the protests that advocated a change in US policy toward Central America and South African apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was even arrested in 1986 along with civil rights leader Abbie Hoffman and 13 other activists at a demonstration held at the University of Massachusetts, but was acquitted of all charges thanks to famed attorney Leonard Weinglass. The demonstrations were against the recruitment of people for the CIA at colleges, and her defense was based on claims that the CIA itself was involved in illegal activities, making enlistment on campus considered off limits.
It was speculated that this event caused her to be dismissed from Brown University at the time, despite the institution’s official statement. She became a member of the advisory board of the “Carter Center”, a non-profit organization founded by her father in 1982 after he lost the 1980 presidential election. The purpose of the organization is to advocate for human rights and diplomacy. She was also depicted in Jimmy Carter’s children’s book published in 1996, “The Little Baby Snoogie-Fleejer”, which Carter also illustrated.
While attending Tulane University, Carter met her husband-to-be, James Gregory Wentzel. Wentzel is the son of a Mobil Oil Company executive, Jim Wentzel, and his wife Judy.
After graduating from university, he became a career computer consultant. The couple married in 1996 at the Pond House, where Carter had lived with her grandmother, Lillian, years before, while Jimmy Carter was on his 1976 presidential campaign. She walked down a path covered with pine straw and tied the knot under wild vines while wearing a street-length, hand-embroidered 1920s-style dress. She caused a lot of controversy that same day when she refused to be given away at the ceremony, claiming she belonged to no one. She even chose to keep her family name rather than adopt Wentzel’s. Her father, a former president, was one of 140 guests and relatives who attended the wedding.
The couple lived in New Orleans, where they welcomed their only child, Hugo James Wentzel, in 1999, but a few years after that, their marriage began to fall apart and they soon filed for divorce.
Carter lives far from the spotlight and is rarely seen in public photos or media. Media sources stands that she remarried and welcomed her second child, but as of March 2020, there is no information about her child or the identity of her second husband. She has no social media profiles and little to nothing is known about her daily life. She also refuses to give interviews. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Her oldest brother, John William “Jack” Carter was a candidate for the first major office, as well as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2006, but lost to a Republican senator.
James Earl “Chip” Carter was a Democratic National Committee contestant, while his son discovered the infamous “47%” video directed against Mitt Romney. The youngest brother, Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter, is a consultant and one of the co-founders of the Computer Mapping Consultants company.
Despite the many similarities in their biography, Carter should not be confused with another political society Amy Carter – former Democratic-turned-Republican, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Executive Director of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Thanks in part to her father’s career in politics and her own efforts, Carter has made quite a fortune. Despite not disclosing her earnings, her net worth is estimated by sources to be around $7 million.
Carter is 1.70 m tall and weighs about 62 kg. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are greenish blue in color.