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Bill Clinton
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42nd President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
Vice President Al Gore
Preceded by George H. W. Bush
Succeeded by George W. Bush
40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 11, 1983 – December 12, 1992
Lieutenant Winston Bryant
Jim Guy Tucker
Preceded by Frank D. White
Succeeded by Jim Guy Tucker
In office
January 9, 1979 – January 19, 1981
Lieutenant Joe Purcell
Preceded by Joe Purcell (Acting)
Succeeded by Frank D. White
50th Attorney General of Arkansas
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 9, 1979
Governor David Pryor
Joe Purcell(Acting)
Preceded by Jim Guy Tucker
Succeeded by Steve Clark
Personal details
William Jefferson Blythe III

August 19, 1946 (1946-08-19) (age 75)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Hillary Rodham (1975-present)
Children 1; Chelsea
Residence Chappaqua, New York
Alma mater Georgetown University (B.S.)
University College, Oxford
Yale University (J.D.)
Signature Cursive signature of Bill Clinton in ink

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician and humanitarian activist who served from 1993 to 2001 as the 42nd President of the United States. He was 46 years old when he was elected and the third youngest president.

He took office at the end of the Cold War.

Clinton was the first president from the baby boom generation.

Clinton was the second president to be impeached. He was impeached for lying in court in 1998 but was cleared.

Before he was president, Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, Attorney General of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979.

He is married to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and the Democratic nominee for president in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Early years

Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas. His biological father, William Jefferson Blythe. Jr, died in a car accident, three months before Clinton was born. His mother, Virginia Clinton Kelley was a Nurse anesthetist. He took the last name Clinton because it was his stepfather, Roger Clinton, Sr.'s name. Clinton grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, Clinton played the saxophone. Clinton went to college at Georgetown University. During his college years, Clinton worked under several politicians. He later went to Oxford University and Yale Law School. Clinton did not fight in the Vietnam War because he was in the ROTC for a short time.

Before being President

Clinton married Hillary Rodham in 1975. In 1980, their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was born.

After law school. Clinton was elected Attorney General of Arkansas in 1976 and governor of Arkansas in 1978. At 32, he was the youngest governor in the country at that time. Clinton was governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1993. Clinton was known for being a "New Democrat" while governor. During his time as governor, Clinton changed the state's school system. There was also a scandal called Whitewater during Clinton's term.


In the 1992 presidential election, he beat Republican George H. W. Bush. During the early part of Clinton's first term, he put in place a tax code which would increase taxes on the rich.

In 1994, during Clinton's first term in office, the Congress switched to a Republican majority. However, Clinton still beat Republican Bob Dole in the 1996 election.

The Republicans defeated Clinton's proposal for the U.S. government to adopt universal health care. The Republicans proposed many new ideas to Congress to limit the size of government such as requiring the budget to be balanced and to stop people from abusing the welfare system.

President Clinton was accused of lying in court by the U.S. House of Representatives in December 1998 and was impeached. He was found to have done nothing wrong by the U.S. Senate in February 1999.

The country faced few challenges during his term. The Cold War was over and there was very little need for the U.S. military to get involved in the world's affairs, so defense spending was significantly lowered. The economy was doing very well during his term, though there is a debate whether the economy was well because of Clinton's policies or because of the Republicans' policies.

The decade ended with the being the first time the United States did not have to borrow money to pay for its budget. Clinton left office with high approval ratings and was succeeded by George W. Bush.


After his presidency, he wrote some books and traveled around the world helping out the United States. He is married to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and now lives in New York. He has written My Life, a book about his life, and several other books. Clinton has received two Grammy Awards, both for books he read on tape. He is now the U.N.'s envoy to Haiti. He also became a vegetarian.

In 2013, Clinton started following Buddhist meditation to help him relax.

On November 20, 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama.

Interesting facts about Bill Clinton

Socks the Cat Explores
Socks at the White House Press Briefing Room lectern in 1993
  • His Father, William Jefferson Blythe III was a travelling salesman.
  • He is 6.2 feet (74 in) tall.
  • Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Bill Clinton is left handed.
  • The Clinton's had a cat called “Socks” when they lived at the White House.
  • Bill Clinton plays the saxophone.
  • He has won two Grammy Awards. One is for the best spoken word album for children called “Wolf Tracks and Peter and the Wolf”. Sophia Loren and Mikhail Gorbachev also won grammys for the same project.

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