William Clinton
42nd President of the United States

(1993 - 2000)
Vice President: Al Gore

Seventeen-year-old Clinton shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy. Clinton's meeting with Kennedy helped persuade the youth to pursue a political career.


Socks on the podium in the White House briefing room. The former First Cat belongs to Chelsea Clinton Bill and Hillary Clinton are both allergic.


Bill Clinton, then running for governor, poses in 1978 with Juanita Broaddrick, right, and two nursing home residents.

President: Bill Clinton

Wife: Hillary Rodham (1947- ), on October 11, 1975

Kids: Chelsea Victoria Clinton (1980- )

Pets: Socks the cat; Buddy, a chocolate Labrador retriever

Bio: William Jefferson Clinton, (1946- ), was the 42nd President of the United States. Born William (Bill) Jefferson Blythe IV on Aug. 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, he had a difficult childhood. His father had died in an automobile accident three months before he was born, and his mother left him with grandparents when he was just two years old so she could attend nursing school in Louisiana. After his mother married Roger Clinton, Bill adopted his surname. Bill excelled in academics and once met Pres. John F. Kennedy on a trip to Washington DC. This inspired him to enter politics.

He earned a B.S. in international affairs at Georgetown University in 1968, then won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. Clinton completed his education in 1973 after graduating from Yale Law School. On Oct. 11, 1975, he married Hillary Rodham, a fellow law student he had met at Yale.

Within 3 years he ran for governor of Arkansas and was elected the nation's youngest governor. When he was voted out of office 2 years later, he redoubled his efforts and gained back the office in 1982, a position he retained for five consecutive terms.

Then in 1991, he began a revolutionary campaign which included town meetings, a country-wide bus tour and many television talk show appearances. With Americans anxious for a solution to the recession, he was voted in.

Although Clinton’s first term was plagued by scandal, including accusations of corruption and adultery, he was reelected in 1996 after the economy showed a great deal of growth. His second term was inundated with scandals. His troubles in court led to an accusation of plagiarism and Clinton became the second president to be impeached and convicted by the House of Representatives. Clinton finished his term however, and continued to make headlines long after he had left office.

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