Jimmy Carter in York County: ‘He knelt down and prayed’
Georg Sheets’ ‘York County: To the Setting of the Sun’ includes this Bill Schintz photograph of Jimmy Carter’s visit to Lewisberry in 1974. (To see a list of other visits by presidents or presidental candidates, click here.) Background post: Former York countian has hand on Lincoln dollar, too and Abe Lincoln stopped at Hanover station:”We want to preserve history … so it doesn’t disappear’ and York-area woodcarver made life-size JFK statue. But where is it now?.
Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter visited Lewisberry in northern York County in 1974.
York photographer Bill Schintz recalls Carter attended a rally at a barn… .
On the bus and running late for his next stop, Carter made the driver stop and he got out to talk with a boy in a wheelchair. He told the boy he had a nephew like him and asked to say a prayer with the youngster.
“He knelt down and prayed,” Schintz recalled. “No one else was there.”
Schintz said he happened to notice that other-wise private interaction.
No record exists of Carter visiting York County in either the 1976 or 1980 presidential campaign season.
Joan Mondale stumped for Carter and her husband, vice-president candidate Walter Mondale in 1976, and First Lady Rosalynn Carter campaigned for her husband in 1980.
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