Amy Carter, born on October 19, 1967, in Plains, Georgia, grew up in her hometown until her father’s gubernatorial victory in 1970 prompted a move to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta. Her family then relocated to the White House when her father became President of the United States in 1976, when Amy was nine years old.
During her White House years, Carter attended public schools in Washington, starting with Stevens Elementary School and later moving to Rose Hardy Middle School. Following her father’s presidency, Carter relocated to Atlanta and completed her final year of high school at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia.
Apart from the preceding information, there’s a significant curiosity about Amy Carter’s husband and her personal life, topics we’ll explore in this article. Additionally, we’ll delve into Amy Carter’s unforgettable moments during her time in the White House.
Who Is Amy Carter Husband?
Amy Carter and James Wentzel met while both were students at Tulane University and later married in September 1996. James, who worked as a computer consultant and managed an Atlanta bookstore called Chapter Eleven, where Amy also worked part-time, shared a child named Hugo James Wentzel.
During her childhood, Amy was cared for by Mary Prince, a nanny involved in Georgia’s prisoner trusty system, who had been wrongly convicted of murder but later pardoned. Prince eventually became a babysitter for the Carters’ grandchildren.
At just 9 years old, Amy gained global attention when, as reported by the Washington Post, she made headlines for reading books during a state dinner held for Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who is the father of Justin Trudeau.
After President Carter’s term concluded, Amy relocated to Atlanta. During the summer of 1982, she worked as a Senate page in Washington, D.C. She completed her education at Woodward Academy and began studies at Brown University but faced dismissal due to unsatisfactory academic performance in July 1987, as reported by the Washington Post.
Amy Carter’s White House Years
At the age of nine in January 1977, Carter moved into the White House, where she resided for four years. Her presence as a young child in the White House garnered significant media attention, marking a period when children hadn’t lived there since John F. Kennedy’s presidency in the early 1960s until Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 when Chelsea Clinton moved in.
During her White House years, Carter owned a Siamese cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang, the last feline resident until Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks. Additionally, she received an elephant from a Sri Lankan immigrant, which was later housed at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Carter enjoyed activities like roller-skating in the White House’s East Room and had a treehouse on the South Lawn. Her slumber parties in the treehouse with friends were monitored by Secret Service agents from the ground.
Mary Prince, an African American woman previously convicted of murder and later exonerated and pardoned, served as Carter’s nanny from 1971 until the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, initially joining through a Georgia prison release program.