|President of the United States|
|January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001|
|Predecessor||George H.W. Bush|
|Governor of Arkansas|
|Arkansas State Attorney General|
|High school||Hot Springs High School|
|J.D.||Yale Law School|
|Date of birth||August 19, 1946|
|Place of birth||Hope, Arkansas|
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.
Prior to serving as president, Clinton was the governor of Arkansas.
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. He changed his name from Blythe to Clinton, the last name of his step-father. 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.
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.
- 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
1996 presidential election
In 1996, Clinton defeated Republican challenger Bob Dole for the United States presidency.
|U.S. presidential election, 1996|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Bill Clinton/Al Gore Incumbent||49.3%||47,402,357||379|
|Republican||Bob Dole/Jack Kemp||40.8%||39,198,755||159|
|Independent||Ross Perot/Pat Choate||8.4%||8,085,402||0|
|Green||Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke||0.7%||685,128||0|
|Libertarian||Harry Browne/Jo Jorgensen||0.5%||485,798||0|
|U.S. Taxpayers||Howard Phillips/Herbert Titus||0.2%||184,820||0|
|Natural Law||John Hagelin/Mike Tompkins||0.1%||113,670||0|
|Election Results Via: 1996 official election results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Monica Moorehead, Marsha Feinland, Charles Collins, James Harris, Dennis Peron, Mary Cal Hollis, Jerome White, Diane Beall Templin, Earl F. Dodge, A. Peter Crane, Justice Ralph Forbes, John Birrenbach, Isabell Masters and Steve Michael.
1992 presidential election
In 1992, Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush for the United States presidency.
|U.S. presidential election, 1992|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Bill Clinton/Al Gore||43.1%||44,909,889||370|
|Republican||George H.W. Bush/Dan Quayle Incumbent||37.5%||39,104,545||168|
|Independent||Ross Perot/James Stockdale||19%||19,742,267||0|
|Libertarian||Andre Marrou/Nancy Lord||0.3%||291,628||0|
|Populist||James "Bo" Gritz||0.1%||107,002||0|
|Election Results Via: 1992 official election results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Lenora Fulani, Howard Phillips, John Hagelin, Ron Daniels, Lyndon LaRouche, James Mac Warren, Drew Bradford, Jack Herer, John Quinn Brisben, Helen Halyard, John Yiamouyiannis, Delbert Ehlers, Earl Dodge, Jim Boren, Eugene Hem, Isabelle Masters, Robert J. Smith and Gloria Estella La Riva.
The Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus between the years 1998 and 2000, the last three years of Clinton's presidency. Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.
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.
- The Clinton Impeachment, a Basic Chronology--with links to some video on the affair
- Biography.com, "Bill Clinton biography," accessed November 25, 2013
- CNN, "Bill Clinton Fast Facts," November 25, 2013
- FEC, "1996 Presidential Election Results," accessed November 26, 2013
- FEC, "1992 Presidential Election Results," accessed November 26, 2013
- Citing a Record Budget Surplus, Clinton Offers Congress a Deal
- Presidential Approval Ratings -- Bill Clinton
- Historical Presidential Approval Ratings
- William J. Clinton Foundation website