|Intro||Georgia businessman, farmer, and legislator from Plains, Georgia|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||12 September 1894, Arlington, Georgia, U.S.A.|
|Death||23 July 1953, Plains, Sumter County, Georgia, U.S.A. (aged 58 years)|
James Earl Carter Sr. (September 12, 1894 – July 22, 1953) was a Georgia businessman, farmer, and legislator from Plains, Georgia. He was the father of former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter (born 1924), William Alton "Billy" Carter (1937–1988), Gloria Carter Spann (1926–1990), and Ruth Carter Stapleton (1929–1983).
Carter was born in Arlington, Georgia, the son of Nina (Pratt) and William Archibald Carter. After attending Riverside Military Academy and serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army's Quartermaster Corps during World War I, he opened a grocery store on Main Street in Plains, Georgia. He died of pancreatic cancer at age 58. His wife and three of his four children also died of pancreatic cancer.
Carter was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1953, and served briefly until his death later that year. Carter had previously served on the Sumter County, Georgia Board of Education.