Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton
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President of the United States
Former officeholder
In office
January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001
PredecessorGeorge H.W. Bush
Prior offices
Governor of Arkansas
1978-1980, 1982-1993
Arkansas State Attorney General
High schoolHot Springs High School
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.Yale Law School
Date of birthAugust 19, 1946
Place of birthHope, Arkansas
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
Personal website
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (b. William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas) was the 42nd President of the United States. He served from 1993 to 2001.

Clinton was the 2nd president to be impeached, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a scandal involving a White House intern. However, he was acquitted by the Senate and served his complete term of office.[1]

Prior to serving as president, Clinton was the governor of Arkansas.[2]


Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, died in a car accident before his son's birth. His mother, Virginia Blythe, earned a nursing degree in 1950 in order to support him. She married Roger Clinton later that year. Clinton attended a baptist church and gained an interest in the saxophone while growing up.[2] He changed his name from Blythe to Clinton, the last name of his step-father.[3] Roger Clinton developed a drinking problem and was abusive toward Blythe, leading her to divorce him in 1962. Clinton attended a segregated, all-white school, Hot Springs High School. As a representative of the American Legion's Boys Nation, Clinton met President John F. Kennedy in 1963.[2]

During his first two years at Georgetown University, he served as class president. He won a Rhodes Scholarship after graduating from Georgetown, but initially his studies were cut short when received his draft notice. He joined the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas but instead resumed his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. He also resubmitted his name to the draft board but was not selected to serve during the Vietnam War. He attended Yale Law School after finishing his time at Oxford where he met Hillary Rodham. The couple moved to Arkansas upon graduation and married in 1975.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Clinton's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 1968: Graduated from Georgetown University
  • 1968-70: Awarded Rhodes Scholarship and studied at Oxford University
  • 1972: Directed Texas campaign for George McGovern's presidential candidacy
  • 1973: Earned J.D. from Yale Law School
  • 1973-1976: Professor at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • 1974: Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House seat
  • 1976-78: Arkansas State Attorney General
  • 1978-1980: Governor of Arkansas
  • 1982-1993: Governor of Arkansas
  • 1993-2001: President of the United States of America
  • 2004: Released memoir titled My Life
  • 2005: Paired with President George H.W. Bush to raise money for tsunami and Hurricane Katrina reconstruction projects
  • 2007: Released the book Giving
  • 2009: Appointed U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti
  • 2011: Released the book Back to Work
  • 2013: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama


The Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus between the years 1998 and 2000, the last three years of Clinton's presidency.[4] Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.[5][6]

Since then, he has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation to promote and address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.[7]