|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|
|Birthday||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.
Clinton was the second president in U.S. history to be impeached. He faced four charges from the House, two of which passed on December 20, 1998. The two charges that passed were perjury before a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice, both stemming from Clinton lying about an affair he had with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Two other charges regarding a sexual harassment lawsuit by Paula Jones and abuse of power, failed in the House. On February 12, 1999, Clinton was acquitted by the Senate on both charges.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Bill + Clinton.
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- 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
- New York Times, "IMPEACHMENT: THE OVERVIEW -- CLINTON IMPEACHED; HE FACES A SENATE TRIAL, 2D IN HISTORY; VOWS TO DO JOB TILL TERM'S 'LAST HOUR'," December 20, 1998
- Washington Post, "The Senate Acquits President Clinton," February 13, 1999
- Citing a Record Budget Surplus, Clinton Offers Congress a Deal
- Presidential Approval Ratings -- Bill Clinton
- Historical Presidential Approval Ratings