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Clinton, Bill, 1946-



  • Existence: 1946-

Biographical Note

Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, he took the family name.

Clinton graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas.He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas's Third District in 1974.

The next year he married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. In 1980, Chelsea, their only child, was born. Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent George Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Governor William J. Clinton Collection

Identifier: Ms-1988-003

The Governor William J. Clinton Collection includes National Governor's Association bulletin by Clinton, a signed program from an Abingdon, Virginia, dinner honoring Clinton, and a letter to H. Gordon Bechanan regarding Clinton's decision not to seek the presidency in 1988.

Dates: 1986 - 1987