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  Carter, Billy
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AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameBilly Carter
Address
Plains, Georgia , United States
EmailNone
WebsiteNone
Born March 29, 1937
DiedSeptember 25, 1988 (51 years)
ContributorRBH
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Oct 19, 2009 12:56pm
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InfoWilliam Alton "Billy" Carter (March 29, 1937 – September 25, 1988) was the younger brother of United States President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia.

For a time, Carter attended Emory University in Atlanta but did not complete a degree. Carter served four years in the United States Marine Corps then returned to Plains to work for his older brother in the family business of growing peanuts. In 1955, he married Sybil Spires, a young lady from Plains. Their children are: Kim, Jana, William "Buddy", Marle, Mandy and Earl, who was just 12 years old when his father died.

On December 6, 1976, he lost the mayoral election in Plains.

In 1977, Carter endorsed Billy Beer, capitalizing upon his colorful image as a beer-drinking, Southern boy that had developed in the press while his brother ran for President. Billy Carter's name was occasionally used as a gag answer for a Washington, D.C., trouble-maker on 1970s episodes of The Match Game. Carter was known for his outlandish public behavior. For example, he once urinated on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries.

In late 1978 and early 1979, Carter visited Libya with a contingent from Georgia three times. He eventually registered as a foreign agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan. This led to a Senate hearing over alleged influence peddling which some in the press dubbed "Billygate." A Senate sub-committee was called To Investigate Activities of Individuals Representing Interests of Foreign Governments (Billy Carter-Libya Investigation).

After the failure of Billy Beer, Carter sold his house to settle back taxes with the IRS. In later years, Carter also admitted he was an alcoholic and sought medical treatment for the affliction which he was able to overcome. He went public with this to help others. On September 25, 1988, Carter died in Plains, Georgia, of pancreatic cancer at age 51. His mother and both of his sisters also died from pancreatic cancer.

In 1999, Carter's son William "Buddy" Carter published a biography of his father titled Billy Carter: A Journey Through the Shadows (ISBN 1-56352-553-4).


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BOOKS
Title Purchase Contributor
REDNECK POWER THE WIT AND WISDOM OF BILLY CARTER  Purchase COSDem 
Billy Carter: A Journey Through the Shadows  Purchase COSDem 

EVENTS
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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 29, 2008 10:00am News Museum to honor life of Billy Carter  Article The Sunset Provision 

DISCUSSION
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FAMILY
Father James Earl Carter, Sr. 1894-1953
Grandfather William Archibald Carter 1858-1903
Uncle William Alton Carter 1888-1978
1st Cousin Hugh Alton Carter, Sr. 1920-1999
Brother Jimmy Carter 1924-
Nephew Jack Carter 1947-
Nephew Chip Carter 1950-
Nephew Donnell Jeffrey "Jeff" Carter 1952-
Niece Amy Carter 1967-
Mother Lillian Carter 1898-1983

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RACES
  12/06/1976 Mayor - Plains, GA Lost 44.10% (-11.80%)
  12/06/1974 Mayor - Plains, GA Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
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