Carter initially made the announcement near the beginning of the Sunday School class he still teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, a close friend and fellow church member said.
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Carter's treatment and recovery made such an impression on state Rep. Mike Cheokas, R-Americus, that he introduced a bill, which was passed unanimously, that enables more cancer patients in Georgia to receive the same drugs Carter got.
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This past August, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, who recently turned 91, launched the 35th annual Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity. They teamed up with former late-night TV host David Letterman to build 22 homes in a week in Indiana, which is Letterman's home state.
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The Carters have long been advocates for Habitat for Humanity and often help build homes.
The former president is remaining active in politics, too. Carter endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, and has appeared on the campaign trail with her.
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Carter is not the first former U.S. president to reach this milestone. George H.W. Bush turned 94 on June 12. Gerald Ford died at 93 years and 165 days, and Ronald Reagan lived for 93 years and 120 days, the Washington Post reported.
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