William Jefferson Clinton was the forty-second president of the United States. He was the first Democratic President since Franklin Roosevelt elected to a second term and his administration produced the first balanced federal budget in thirty years.
In 1999, Clinton became the first elected president to be impeached , when the House of Representatives charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice related to his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was acquitted on both counts by the Senate.
Three months after his father died in a traffic accident, Clinton (named William Jefferson Blythe III) was born on Aug. 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. His mother, Virginia Kelly, married Roger Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, four years later and in high school William Jefferson took the Clinton family name.
Clinton enrolled at Georgetown University in 1964 where he studied international relations. In 1966, he worked as a summer intern for Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, a vocal opponent of the Vietnam war. In 1968 he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.
After earning his law degree from Yale University in 1973, Clinton was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas's Third District in 1974. He married Hillary Rodham in 1975. He was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976.
In 1978 Clinton won the Arkansas governorship. He lost his bid for a second term, but regained the office in 1982 and served until the 1992 presidential race in which he defeated incumbent George H. W. Bush and third-party candidate Ross Perot.
The William J. Clinton Foundation
The William J. Clinton Foundation was created to address global issues, including global climate change, HIV/AIDS in the developing world, childhood obesity, economic opportunity in the United States and economic development in Africa and Latin America.
- In 1968 Clinton graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Servicewith a bachelor's of science in international relations
- In 1968 he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University
- In 1973 he received his juris doctor from Yale University