William Jefferson Blythe III. Bill Clinton was the forty-second President of the United States of America. Yes, Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III in Arkansas. His father was William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. He was a traveling salesman and died in a car accident shortly before his son was born. Bill Clinton’s mother, Virginia Dell, went to nursing school after her son was born and left him to live with his maternal grandparents. She married Roger Clinton, Sr. after she returned from school. They moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Following high school, Clinton attended Georgetown University. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. Clinton received a Rhodes Scholarship to attend University College, Oxford. He left before receiving a degree to attend Yale University. A series of events occurred leading Bill Clinton to avoid the Vietnam War draft. At Yale Law School he met Hillary Rodham. They became involved in politics and Bill Clinton taught law at the University of Arkansas for awhile. They lived in California, but moved back to Arkansas.. They married in 1975 and had their daughter, Chelsea, in 1980. Before Chelsea was born Bill Clinton became Attorney General of Arkansas. He served from 1977 until 1979. He was then elected Governor of Arkansas. He served as Governor from 1979 until 1981 and again from 1983 until 1992.
Bill Clinton was inaugurated President January 29, 1993 and served as President until January 20, 2001. Public opinion and historians rank Bill Clinton’s presidency highly despite scandals and his impeachment. He was acquitted by the United States Senate and served two complete terms. He signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Welfare reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program passed as well as other programs and initiatives. The last years of his presidency the Congressional Budget Office reported a surplus.
Publishing books, public speaking engagements, and humanitarian causes have kept Bill Clinton involved since leaving office. He created the William J. Clinton Foundation. He was named Special Envoy to Haiti by the United Nations. The next year Haiti suffered an earthquake that led to him teaming up with another former President, George W. Bush. They formed the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. He is known for helping fight AIDS and global warming and supporting the LGBT community and other humanitarian causes for which he has worked. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas was dedicated in 2004.
Bill Clinton has received honorary degrees, had schools named after him, and statues built to honor him. He has received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the Presidential Medal of Freedom among other awards and tributes. Be inspired! Have a bright day!