- bill clinton: early life and education
- bill clinton: family, political career in arkansas and first presidential campaign
- bill clinton: first presidential term: 1993-1997
- bill clinton: second presidential term: 1997-2001
- bill clinton: post-presidency
Bill Clinton (1946-), the 42nd U.S.A. President, he served from 1993 to 2001. Before that, the Arkansas native and Democrat served as governor of his home state. During Clinton’s time in the White House, the United States enjoyed an era of peace and prosperity, marked by low unemployment, declining crime rates, and a budget surplus.
Clinton appointed several women and members of minorities to senior government posts, including Janet Reno, the first woman in the United States. uu. attorney general, and madeleine albright, the first woman in the usa. Secretary of state. In 1998, the House of Representatives indicted Clinton on charges related to a sexual relationship she had with a White House intern. he was acquitted by the senate. After his presidency, Clinton remained active in public life.
bill clinton: early life and education
Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He was the only child of Virginia Cassidy Blythe (1923-94) and traveling salesman William Jefferson Blythe Jr. (1918-46), who died in a car accident three months before the birth of his son. In 1950, Virginia Blythe married car salesman Roger Clinton Sr. (1908-67) and the family later moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. As a teenager, Bill Clinton officially adopted the last name of his stepfather. His only brother, Roger Clinton Jr., was born in 1956.
did you know? In 2001, Clinton became the first president to marry an American. senator. just days before leaving office, first lady hillary clinton was sworn in as a freshman senator from new york.
In 1964, Clinton graduated from Hot Springs High School, where he was a musician and student leader. (In 1963, as part of the American Legion Boys Nation program, he went to Washington, D.C., and shook hands with President John Kennedy at the White House, an event he later said inspired him to pursue a career in public service). clinton earned a degree from georgetown college in 1968. he later attended oxford university on a rhodes scholarship. In 1973, he received a degree from Yale Law School.
at yale, clinton began dating law student hillary rodham (1947-). After graduation, the couple moved to Clinton’s home state, where he worked as a law professor at the University of Arkansas. In 1974, Clinton, a Democrat, ran for a United States seat. House of Representatives but lost to his Republican opponent.
bill clinton: family, political career in arkansas and first presidential campaign
On October 11, 1975, Clinton and Rodham were married in a small ceremony at their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. the following year, bill clinton was elected arkansas attorney general. in 1978 he was elected governor of the state. The Clintons’ only child, Chelsea, was born in February 1980. That fall, Clinton lost his bid for re-election as governor. Later, he joined a small rock law firm.
in 1982, she won the governorship again and would remain in that position until 1992. while serving as first lady of arkansas, hillary clinton also worked as a lawyer.
After winning the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton, along with vice-presidential candidate Al Gore (1948-), an American. Senator from Tennessee, he defeated the incumbent, President George H.W. Bush (1924-), by a margin of 370-168 electoral votes and with 43 percent of the popular vote to Bush’s 37.5 percent. a third-party candidate, ross perot (1930-), won nearly 19 percent of the popular vote.
bill clinton: first presidential term: 1993-1997
Clinton was sworn in in January 1993 at age 46, making him the third-youngest president in history up to that time. During her first term, Clinton signed into law a variety of national laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Violence Against Women Act, along with key bills related to crime and gun violence, education, the environment environment and welfare reform.
He proposed measures to reduce the federal budget deficit and also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, which removed trade barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. he tried to enact universal health insurance for all americans and appointed first lady hillary clinton to head the committee tasked with creating the plan. however, conservatives and the healthcare industry, among others, opposed the committee’s plan, and Congress ultimately failed to act on it.
Clinton appointed several women and minorities to key government posts, including Janet Reno (1938-), who became the first woman to serve in US government office. uu. attorney general in 1993, and madeleine albright (1937-), who was sworn in as the first female united states attorney. secretary of state in 1997. she appointed ruth bader ginsburg (1933-) to the supreme court in 1993. she was the second justice in the court’s history. Clinton’s other Supreme Court nominee, Stephen Breyer (1938-), joined the court in 1994.
On the foreign policy front, the Clinton administration helped bring about the reinstatement in 1994 of Haiti’s democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1953-). In 1995, the administration negotiated the Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia.
Clinton ran for re-election in 1996, defeating the US. Senator Bob Dole (1923-) of Kansas by a margin of 379 to 159 electoral votes and with 49.2 percent of the popular vote to Dole’s 40.7 percent of the vote. (Third party candidate Ross Perot got 8.4 percent of the popular vote.) Clinton’s victory marked the first time since Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) that a Democrat was elected to a second presidential term.
bill clinton: second presidential term: 1997-2001
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in addition, the clinton administration helped broker a peace agreement in northern ireland in 1998. that same year, the united states launched airstrikes against iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs. In 1999, the United States led a NATO effort to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
In the midst of these events, Clinton’s second term was marred by scandal. On December 19, 1998, the US the house of representatives indicted him for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with a sexual relationship he had with white house intern monica lewinsky (1973-) between late 1995 and early 1997. on february 12, 1999 , The United States of America. the senate cleared the president of the charges and he remained in office. Clinton was the second US president to be impeached. The first, Andrew Johnson (1808-75), was accused in 1868 and also later acquitted.
bill clinton: post-presidency
After leaving the White House, Clinton remained active in public life, establishing the William J. clinton foundation to fight poverty, disease and other global problems.
the william j. The Clinton Presidential Park and Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, opened in 2004. That same year, Clinton published his autobiography, “My Life,” which became a bestseller. he also campaigned for his wife, who was elected to the united states. New York Senate in 2000. In 2008, Hillary Clinton ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination but lost to Barack Obama (1961-), who appointed her Secretary of State when she became President.