Monday, January 26, 2004

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton This is a brief biography of American President Bill Clinton.

From the site:

William Jefferson " Bill " Clinton (born August 19 , 1946 ) was the 42nd ( 1993 - 2001 ) President of the United States .

Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas . He was named William Jefferson Blythe IV after his father, William Jefferson Blythe III, a travelling salesman who had been killed in a car accident just three months before his son was born. Billy, as he was called, was raised by his mother and stepfather Roger Clinton, using the last name "Clinton" throughout elementary school, but not formally changing it until he was 15. Clinton grew up in a turbulent family. His stepfather was a gambler and alcoholic who regularly abused his wife, and sometimes Clinton's half brother Roger , Jr. (born 1956).

Clinton excelled as a student and as a saxophone player. At one time, he considered becoming a professional musician.
As a delegate to Boys Nation while in high school, he met President John F. Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden. The encounter led him to enter a life of public service.

He rose from poverty to graduate from Georgetown University with a degree in International Affairs, attending England 's prestigious Oxford University ( University College ) on a Rhodes Scholarship , and receiving a law degree from Yale Law School . At Yale, Bill Clinton met Hillary Rodham , and they married in 1975 . They have one daughter Chelsea , born in 1980 .

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