Bill Clinton

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William Jefferson, "Bill" Clinton, (William Jefferson Blythe III) was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope Arkansas. He was the 42nd President of the United States.

He was named William Jefferson Blythe III at birth because his father died in an auto crash a few months before the birth of Bill Clinton. But he later changed his name when he was fifteen years old.

His mother later married Roger Clinton when Bill was eight. Then they moved to a small house with no indoor plumbing in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Bill Clinton was fifteen years old when he changed his last name to Clinton, the last name of his Step- father.

He was a good student and a saxophone player.

Clinton met President John F. Kennedy(1917- 1963) in white House Rose Garden in 1963 as a 17 year old student delegate in the high school at Arkansas Boys State and then the youngster decided he wanted a career in politics.

He entered Georgetown University in 1964 and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service.

Bill Clinton won a Rhodes scholarship into Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics but he switched programs and left early for Yale University where he received a degree in law in 1973.

In 1974 Clinton began his political career. He ran for Congress but lost the election in a very close vote.

He married Hillary Rodham, his colleague in Yale Law School on October 11, 1975.

Bill Clinton was elected Attorney General of Arkansas in 1977 up till 1979.

He contested Arkansas State Governor and won in 1978 at the age of 32 making him the youngest governor in United States.

From August 1986 to August 1987, Governor Clinton served as Chairman of the National Governors Association.

In 1991, Governor Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Presidential candidate. He choose Senator Al Gore, of Tennessee to be his Vice-Presidential running mate.

Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States on November 3 1992. He was re-elected back into the same office for a second term in 1996.

In 1998 President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for issues surrounding an affair he had with Monika Lewinsky, a White House intern. He was tried in the senate and found not guilty of the charges brought against him. Clinton apologized and continued his work as the president of United States.

On January 19, 2001 Clinton's last day as president, he publicly admitted that he gave misleading testimony in the Lewinsky investigation. He faced no criminal charges, but his license to practice law was suspended. He was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and admit that he had broken one of the Arkansas bar's rules of conduct.

Awards and Honors
  • He was named Time Magazine's Co-Man of the Year in 1998
  • Ranked 21st (out of 41) in a survey of the best United States president
  • Named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year in 1992"
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in October 2002 (Honorary induction)
  • Made the cover of Time magazine's double issue, "The Most Influential People in The World" on May 10 2010

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