Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter’s daughter, Amy Carter has been married to her husband John Kelly since 2007 following her divorce from ex-spouse James Wentzel. She has two sons. Details explored.
Amy — the youngest of the four Carter children by 15 years — was just 9 when her father took office, and was one of the first presidential children to truly grow up in the D.C. spotlight.
The former president‘s only daughter child grew up in the spotlight at 1600 Pennsylvania — and had a ball doing so.
Over the years, despite her celebrity status, she has kept a low profile away from the media.
Here’s everything we know about her husbands, marriages, and children.
Who is Amy Carter?
Amy Lynn Carter, 56, was born on October 19, 1967, in Plains, Georgia, United States.
She is best known as the daughter of the 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and his First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
She is the youngest and only daughter of Jimmy and Rosalynn. She has three siblings – James Carter, Jack Carter, and Donnel Carter.
Carter entered the limelight as a child when she lived in the White House during the Carter presidency.
During her formative years, Amy had a nanny named Mary Prince, who was part of the prisoner trusty system in Georgia. (The trusty system was a U.S. prison program that granted certain privileges to designated inmates.) Prince was wrongly convicted of murder and later pardoned. She went on to babysit for the Carters’ grandchildren.
Amy garnered worldwide attention at just 9 years old when she read books during a state dinner hosting Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau), reported the Washington Post.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art. She later earned a master’s in art history from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Subsequently, she became a known political activist who participated in different sit-ins and protests during the 1980s and early 1990s.
When President Carter’s term ended, Amy moved to Atlanta. In the summer of 1982, she served as a Senate page in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the Woodward Academy and later enrolled at Brown University but was dismissed for poor academic performance in July 1987, according to the Washington Post. Amy went on to get her bachelor’s degree from the Memphis College of Art in 1991 and her master’s in art history from Tulane University in 1996.
Amy was politically active from a young age, participating in numerous protests, including ones against U.S. foreign policy in Central America and apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, Amy and several others were arrested for protesting CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; the New York Times later reported that Amy and 14 other protesters were acquitted of charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.
In 1995, Amy illustrated her father’s children’s book, The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer.
Who is Amy Carter’s married husband?
Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy Carter has been married twice in her lifetime. The names of her ex and current spouses are James Gregory Wentzel and John Joseph Kelly.
Amy had her first marriage to James Wentzel when she was 29 years old. Their nuptial took place in September 1996.
James Wentzel is a computer consultant. He was also a manager at an Atlanta bookstore named Chapter Eleven, where Amy worked part-time.
The couple met while they were students at Tulane University.
Amy later went through a divorce and remarried John Joseph “Jay” Kelly in 2007. Since then, Amy and John have been inseparable although they live private lives.
How many children does Amy Carter have?
Amy Carter is reportedly a mother of two.
She has two children – all sons – whose names are Hugo James Wentzel and Errol Kelly, per ABC.
She shares her sons with two men from her two marriages.
She welcomed Hugo in July 1999 with her first husband, James Gregory Wentzel.
With her last son, Errol, she gave birth to him in 2007 in her marriage to her current husband, John Joseph Kelly.
Not much is known about Amy’s current spouse and their son Errol.
Hugo Wentzel, on the other hand, is currently 23 and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He was photographed as a kid accompanying his grandparents to a ribbon cutting for the Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
What does Hugo Wentzel do for a living? Hugo made an appearance on Claim to Fame which helped him to fulfill his destiny as a Leo.
“He’s an amazing grandpa, honestly. I love him so much. I call him Papa,” Wentzel said. “He led America and my family very well. I stand for everything he stands for. He believes in equality for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, anything. He’s just an amazing person. I aspire to be like him one day.”
Apart from being a reality star, Jimmy Carter’s grandson is also a powerlifter and may consider a career in politics. He’s inspired by his grandfather. Hugo’s active on Instagram, with a growing number of followers.
Where is Amy Carter today?
Despite her activism in the 1980s and early 1990s, Amy has kept a low profile.
She has neither been seen in public protests nor granting media interviews in recent years.
However, she is known to be a member of the board of counselors at Carter Center that advocates diplomacy and human rights.