William J. Clinton

Forty-Second President 1993-Present


Born: President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger Clinton of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school young William took the family name.

Education: Clinton attended Georgetown University and in 1968 received a bachelor's degree in foreign service. A Rhodes Scholar, he studied at Oxford University for two years. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973

Occupation: Taught law at the University of Arkansas , public official.

Family life: Married Hillary Rodham on October 11, 1975. The couple taught together on the law faculty of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980. In Arkansas, Hillary worked tirelessly on behalf of children and families. She founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital. In recognition of her professional and personal accomplishments, Hillary was named Arkansas' Woman of the Year in 1983 and its Young Mother of the Year in 1984. The President appointed her to head his Task Force on National Health Care Reform, one of his highest priorities on taking office.

Political career:He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas' Third District in 1974. Clinton was elected Arkansas attorney general in 1976, then went on to win the governorship in 1978. He lost in his try for a second term,. but he regained the office four years later and served as governor until 1992. That year Clinton defeated George Bush and third-party candidate Ross Perot for the Presidency.

Highlights of his predidency: In domestic affairs, Clinton signed into law measures to revitalize the economy and renew the American community. He also signed the Brady Bill, which required a waiting period for gun purchases. Other initiatives included the national service law to put Americans to work restoring their communities; the Family and Medical Leave Act to protect the jobs of parents who must care for sick children; reform of public education with the adoption of his GOALS 2000 bill; a new national health care plan and welfare reform; and a get-tough program against crime and violence.


  • Inaugural Address
  • Clinton Misleads the American People on Missile Defense
  • The President of the United States.
  • Clinton Quotes and Jokes
  • Reflections on the '96 presidential election
  • The White House Dispatch




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