Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. He did OK as President, meaning he only got to serve one term before being defeated by Ronald Reagan. There are strong suspicions about a conspiracy to keep the American hostages in Iran to ensure that Carter was sabotaged and then Reagan could go ahead and begin a new era of far-right politics.  Despite this, he secured the release of the hostages after losing the election, even though it provided no political gain to him. Among his other accomplishments are the creation of the Department of Energy, Camp David Accords, preventing war with Panama with the Panama Canal treaties, environmental protection reforms, the SALT-II treaty, and the establishment of diplomatic relations with China. Despite this nearly flawless record, he was defeated for reelection by some crazy guy who screwed up the country. Had he been reelected, he likely would've been one of the best presidents in United States History.
He grew some peanuts before he was president. Now he works for Habitat for Humanity, which rocks.
Carter also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is a liberal Christian who is actually a Southern Baptist as well and teaches Sunday School. He's quite religious, but he sees no need to force everyone else to follow his beliefs, unlike the religious right. Even if he is very literal or says he is, he seems way too humble to believe that God would be narrow-minded like the far right.
- Jimmy Carter named most trusted U.S. politician in new poll