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Hugh Carter Jr.

Hugh Carter Jr.
Carter in 1978
Born(1942-09-29)September 29, 1942
DiedJuly 23, 2023(2023-07-23) (aged 80)
Alma materGeorgia Institute of Technology
Wharton School
Occupation(s)Aide, businessman
ParentHugh Carter (father)
RelativesJimmy Carter (first cousin once removed)

Hugh Carter Jr. (September 29, 1942 – July 23, 2023), nicknamed Cousin Cheap[1] and Cousin Chief,[2] was an American aide and businessman.

Life and career

Carter was born in Americus, Georgia, the son of Ruth and Hugh Carter, a Georgia state senator.[1] He was the grandson of Alton Carter, the brother of Earl Carter.[3][4][5] He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a degree in industrial engineering in 1964. He also attended Wharton School, earning his master's degree in business administration in 1968.[6]

Carter worked at John H. Harland Company[7] during the 1960s/1970s.

In 1977, when his first cousin once removed Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as President of the United States, his cousin asked Carter to work as a special assistant to him, which he accepted. In his role as special assistant, he helped by keeping control of the White House budget[6] during the Carter administration.

Carter died on July 23,[6] 2023[8] at his home in Tampa, Florida,[1] at the age of 80.


  1. ^ a b c Genzlinger, Neil (July 28, 2023). "Hugh Carter Jr., Who Pinched Pennies for a President, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  2. ^ "Chief of Carter's White House Lived, Worked in Greensboro". News & Record. Greensboro, North Carolina. May 18, 1977. p. 20. Retrieved March 3, 2024 – via Closed access icon
  3. ^ "Jimmy's Cousin Hugh Runs a Right Ship". The Times. San Mateo, California. June 13, 1977. p. 10. Retrieved March 3, 2024 – via Closed access icon
  4. ^ "Cousin Cheap likes his role". The La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin. June 24, 1977. p. 6. Retrieved March 3, 2024 – via Closed access icon
  5. ^ "Cousin Hugh Cuts Frills". Green Bay, Wisconsin. July 5, 1977. p. 12. Retrieved March 3, 2024 – via Closed access icon
  6. ^ a b c Murphy, Brian (August 2, 2023). "Hugh Carter Jr., 'Cousin Cheap' as Carter White House cost hawk, dies at 80". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  7. ^ Foreman, Laura (April 8, 1977). "Carter's Cousin Hugh Brings Thrifty Ways to White House". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  8. ^ "Hugh A. Carter, Jr. of Tampa, Florida". Hancock Funeral Home Inc. Retrieved March 3, 2024.

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