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Celebrating Living Former U.S. Presidents this Presidents Day

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Honoring the five living ex-presidents on Presidents Day

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,"The last surviving U.S. president to have been born in the 19th century was George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, who died on November 30,..."

As Americans celebrate Presidents Day this year, they can take the time to honor and recognize the five living former presidents of the United States. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also belong to the exclusive group of living former U.S. leaders who can be celebrated this Presidents Day.

As early as 1861, there were five living ex-presidents, but that was the exception, rather than what Americans have come to expect in the modern age. The current roster of five living former presidents consists of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

Jimmy Carter, the oldest living president, recently hit the milestone of outlasting two presidents who followed him as well as his own vice president. He became the longest-living president in March 2019 when his predecessor George H.W. Bush died.

Only five former U.S. presidents are still alive, including Jimmy Carter, the 39th President, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President, George W. Bush, the 43rd President, Barack Obama, the 44th President, and Donald Trump, the 45th President.

Post presidency, Carter, 98, is best known for leading a life of charity, philanthropy, and activism. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded the Carter Center in 1982 to promote peace and human rights. President Joe Biden and the other living former presidents have taken up Carter's mission of improving lives around the world.

The Carter Center works to improve public health and enhance community development, particularly in areas of poverty. And because community health centers—which provide comprehensive services regardless of ability to pay—serve one in three people living in poverty, they are essential to many of the Carter Center's projects.

The Carter Center in Atlanta and the former president's family are busy planning the Carter Center's 40th anniversary celebration. Former and sitting presidents often speak at the state funerals of their predecessors, so it is likely that the current president and the four living former presidents will attend the Carter Center's event in 2022.

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But polling on the presidency, that historic symbol of American leadership, often reveals that a majority of Americans have a negative opinion of the current president and other living former presidents. Yet, that doesn't stop those that are living abroad and doing something on Presidents Day to honor and respect them.

The last surviving U.S. president to have been born in the 19th century was George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, who died on November 30, 2018. He was the first of the five living presidents to pass away, and his death left the four living presidents that are celebrated each year on Presidents Day.

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