Bill Clinton | 42nd US PRESIDENT
US President: 1993-2001
US Vice President: Al Gore
Political Party: Democratic
Birth: August 19, 1946
Education: Georgetown University, University College, Oxford, Yale University
42nd President of the United States (1993 – 2001)
40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas (1983 – 1992, 1979 – 1981)
50th Attorney General of Arkansas (1977 – 1979)
First Ladies: Hillary Clinton
Children: Chelsea Clinton
Pictures of Hillary Clinton from the Library of Congress
State Department biography of Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton official website
Ancestors of Bill Clinton
Facts about Bill Clinton
First, in 1996, President Clinton became the first Democrat to be elected to a second term since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. (President Barack Obama repeated the task in 2012.)
- A cat named Socks was one of the most famous of all presidential pets as part of the Clinton family’s stay in the White House.
- Clinton is the only president who was a Rhodes Scholar.
- Clinton was just 16 years old when he shook hands with President John F. Kennedy in 1963, just four months before Kennedy’s death.
- While his mother was in school in Louisiana studying to become a nurse anesthetist, his grandparents raised him.
- Bill met Hillary Rodham at Yale University, where they were both studying law. They worked on the presidential campaign for George McGovern in 1972.
- Clinton was known as the Boy Governor when he won election in 1978 at the age of just 32.
- Clinton excelled as a saxophone player in high school, even earning first chair in a state band of students.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream’ speech so impressed a teenage Clinton that he memorized the entire speech right after it was given.
Also, Clinton moved to Dallas in 1972 to work on George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Another young mover-and-shaker who worked with Clinton on the McGovern campaign was Steven Spielberg.
Clinton was the first elected President of the United States to be impeached. The impeachment occurred in 1998. He was impeached due to lying about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- He held office for two terms, from January 20, 1993, until January 20, 2001.
- The ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement happened while he was in office.
- Since leaving office in 2001, Clinton has been involved in many causes, including fighting global warming, childhood obesity, and the AIDS epidemic. Some people have categorized a few of his policies as being centrist.
He teamed up with former President George H. W. Bush to raise money for victims of the 2004 tsunami that hit South Asia, as well as victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Bill Clinton Childhood
First, William Jefferson Clinton, better known as Bill Clinton, was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, a small town with a population of about 8,000. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, died in a car crash several months before Clinton was born, leaving him in the care of his mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe. Also, to provide for her son, Virginia moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to complete two years of nursing school, while Clinton stayed with his grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy. Clinton’s grandparents were strict disciplinarians who instilled in him the importance of a good education. “”My grandparents had a lot to do with my early commitment to learning,”” Clinton later recalled. “”They taught me to count and read. I was reading little books when I was 3.””
Clinton’s mother returned to Arkansas with a degree in nursing in 1950, and later that year she married an automobile salesman named Roger Clinton. Two years later, the family moved from Hope to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Although neither his parents nor his grandparents were religious, Clinton became a devoted Baptist from a very young age. On Sunday mornings, he woke himself up, put on his best dress clothes and walked half a mile to Park Place Baptist Church to attend services alone. Clinton was especially drawn to the gospel music performed at his church. He began playing the saxophone, and by the time he graduated from high school, many considered him the best jazz saxophonist in the city.
Throughout his childhood, Clinton grew increasingly disturbed by his stepfather’s drinking and abusive behavior toward his mother and younger half-brother. At the age of 14, already standing more than 6 feet tall, Clinton finally snapped. He told his stepfather, “”If you want them, you’ll have to go through me.”” The abuse stopped, but Roger Clinton’s drinking did not, and Clinton’s mother divorced him in 1962.
Clinton attended Hot Springs High School, a segregated all-white school, where he was a stellar student and a star member of the jazz band. The principal of Hot Springs High School, Johnnie Mae Mackey, placed a special emphasis on producing students devoted to public service, and she developed a strong bond with the smart and politically inclined Clinton.
Finally, in June 1963, as a 17-year-old high school junior, he attended Arkansas Boys State, where he was elected the Arkansas representative to the American Legion’s Boys Nation, earning him an invitation to meet President John F. Kennedy at the White House Rose Garden. A photograph of the young Bill Clinton shaking hands with President Kennedy has become an iconic image symbolizing a passing of the baton between generations of modern Democratic leadership. On the same trip, Clinton met another of his political heroes, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William Fulbright. Clinton said, “”Fulbright I admired to no end … He had a real impact on my wanting to be a citizen of the world.”