The Nation: Magnus Carter: Jimmy's Roots

From hoi polloi to hoity-toity

Carter is not exactly a grand old English name. The first Carters were, of course, carters, medieval truck drivers. Yet despite the family's hoi-polloi origins and plain-folks posture, Jimmy Carter's family tree turns out to have some hoity-toity upper limbs. The President is related to, among others, Queen Elizabeth I, George Washington, three other previous Presidents and the first American millionaire.

Jimmy's rich roots have been unearthed by Debrett's, the famed English tracers of lineage. Pursuing genealogical research for another, undisclosed American Carter, Debrett's has tracked Jimmy's forebears...

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