Wilson, Roosevelt: Presidents Who Have Won the Nobel Peace Prize
US President Barack Obama is not the first US President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, he is actually the fourth to win, although one winner was not a current president when he was awarded.
President Theodore Roosevelt won the Novel Peace Prize in 1906.
President Woodrow Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919.
Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, but he had been out of office for more than 20 years.
Unlike his Presidential predecessors, it appears that Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his vision and what he hopes to accomplish while he is president.
President Obama himself said he views the award:
"as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership. ... I will accept this award as a call to action."
Theodore Roosevelt, who won in 1906 opened the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and acted as a mediator between Russia and Japan, which lead to a 1905 peace treaty. He also was president and founder of the League of Nations.
Woodrow Wilson, who won in 1919, led the US through World War I, and in 1919 at the Peace Conference in Versailles, he secured the adoption of the Covenant of the League of Nations.
Jimmy Carter, who won in 2002, spent decades trying to find peaceful solutions to international problems and spent a lot of time trying to advance human rights and democracy. When he was president he also contributed to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.
The Entire List of US Nobel Peace Prize Winners (president or not):
1906, Theodore Roosevelt
1912, Elihu Root
1919, Woodrow Wilson
1925, Charles G. Dawes
1929, Frank B. Kellogg
1931, Jane Addams
1931, Nicholas Murray Butler
1945, Cordell Hull
1946, Emily Greene Balch
1946, John R. Mott
1950, Ralph Bunche
1953, George C. Marshall
1962, Linus Pauling
1964, Martin Luther King Jr.
1970, Norman Borlaug
1973, Henry Kissinger
1986, Elie Wiesel
1997, Jody Williams
2002, Jimmy Carter
2007, Al Gore
2009, Barack Obama
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