The forty-second President of the United States of America Bill Clinton Facts. William Jefferson Blythe III was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope Arkansas.
President Bill Clinton Facts
His father had died three months before he was born in a traffic accident. When Bill was four years old, his mother married Roger Clinton, and when Bill was in high school, he took on the name Clinton.
Roger Clinton was a car dealer and alcoholic. He sometimes beat Bill's mother. Bill was inspired when he visited Washington, D.C. in 1963 and met President John F. Kennedy. From that point on, there was no turning back. Politics was the career for Bill.
Bill Clinton MarriageBill and Hillary met in the early 1970s at Yale Law School. They married in 1974. They had one daughter, Chelsea, born in 1980. An interesting story about Chelsea is that while attending her private school, Chelsea needed permission to take some medicine. She reportedly told the school officials to call her father, the president. She said her mother was too busy.
Bill Clinton EducationClinton attended Georgetown University and graduated and in 1968 won a scholarship to Oxford University. He earned his law degree from Yale University and began his life of politics in Arkansas.
Bill Clinton CareerWhen Bill was thirty-two, he became Arkansas governor and the youngest governor in the country. He was not reelected to a second term due to having raised the gasoline tax for the purpose of paying for highway improvements. He tried again and was reelected in 1982.
President Bill ClintonBill Clinton became the 42nd president in 1993. He served two terms and ended his presidency in 2001. It was during the presidency of Bill Clinton that the United States enjoyed economic stability and well-being as well as peace.
This was a time of prosperity. The U.S. had the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in the last thirty years, reduced welfare, highest homeownership, and reduction in crime rate in many places. There was even a budget surplus.
Clinton was the first Democratic president to be elected to a second term besides Franklin D. Roosevelt. Clinton worked on supporting education, protecting the jobs of parents who must take care of their sick children, and even supported environmental regulations. Additionally, Clinton worked to control handgun sales.
Clinton's presidency was not without blemish. He was the second U.S. president to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives, and this was due to his infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
While he first denied the allegations, he eventually apologized to the country. Despite his mistakes, Clinton still continued to be a very popular president. After his presidency, his vice president, Al Gore, the Democratic nominee, ran for president but lost to George W. Bush.
Read Bill Clinton FactsNICKNAMES
Slick Willie, Comeback Kid, and Bill
William Jefferson Clinton was born on August 19, 1946
in Hope, Arkansas
Virginia Cassidy Blythe Clinton Dwire Kelley
William Jefferson Blythe III
Half-Brother: Roger Clinton Jr.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, October 11, 1975
in Fayetteville, Arkansas
B.S. at Georgetown University, 1968
Attended Oxford University
Yale University Law School, J.D. 1973
Law Professor, Lawyer
POLITICAL LIFEAttorney General of Arkansas (1977-1979)
Governor of Arkansas (1979-1981) and (1983-1992)
US President, two terms
January 20, 1993, at the age of 46
William Jefferson Clinton - First and Second Term Inaugural Address
Bill Clinton AdministrationPRESIDENCY
Two terms (January 20, 1993-2001)
Impeached on December 19, 1998
Albert "Al" Gore Jr. (1993-2001)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (1993-2001)
SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENTS
Ruth Bader Ginsberg (1993)
Bill Clinton CabinetSECRETARY OF STATE
Warren Christopher (1993-1997)
Madeleine Korbel Albright (1997-2001)
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
Lloyd M. Bensten (1993-1994)
Robert E. Rubin (1995-1999)
Lawrence H. Summers (1999-2001)
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Les Aspin Jr. (1993-1994)
William J. Perry (1994-1997)
William S. "Bill" Cohen (1997-2001)
Janet Reno (1993-2001)
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
Bruce Babbitt (1993-2001)
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Mike Espy (1993-1994)
Dan Glickman (1995-2001)
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
Ronald H. Brown (1993-1996)
Mickey Kantor (1996-1997)
William Daley (1997-2001)
SECRETARY OF LABOR
Robert B. Reich (1993-1997)
Alexis Herman (1997-2001)
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Donna E. Shalala (1993-2001)
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Henry G. Cisneros (1993-1997)
Andrew M. Cuomo (1997-2001)
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
Frederico R. Pena (1993-1997)
Rodney E. Slater (1997-1998)
SECRETARY OF ENERGY
Hazel R. O'Leary (1993-1997)
Frederick F. Pena (1997-1998)
Bill Richardson (1998-2001)
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
Richard W. Riley (1993-2001)
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Jesse Brown (1993-1997)
Togo D. West Jr. (1998-2001)
POST PRESIDENCY LIFEPublic speaker, Fund-raiser for democratic causes
Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas