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Portrait, William Jefferson Clinton William Jefferson Clinton

42nd President of the United States
(January 20, 1993 to January 20, 2001)

Nicknames: “Bill”

Born: August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas

Father: William Jefferson Blythe III
Stepfather: Roger Clinton
Mother: Virginia Divine Cassidy Blythe Clinton Kelley
Married: Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947- ), on October 11, 1975
Children: Chelsea Victoria Clinton (1980- )

Religion: Baptist
Education: Graduated from Georgetown University (1968); Attended Oxford University (1968-70); Graduated from Yale University Law School (1973)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:

  • Arkansas Attorney General, 1976-78
  • Governor of Arkansas, 1978-80, 1982-92

Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1992 Bill Clinton 44,909,889 370
tiny U.S. flag George Bush 39,104,545 168
H. Ross Perot 19,742,267
1996 Bill Clinton 45,628,667 379
Bob Dole 37,869,435 159
H. Ross Perot 7,874,283

Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr. (1993-2001)


Secretary of State
Warren M. Christopher (1993-97)
Madeleine Albright (1997-2001)
Secretary of the Treasury
Lloyd M. Bentsen (1993-94)
Robert E. Rubin (1995-99)
Lawrence H. Summers (1999-2001)
Secretary of Defense
Les Aspin, Jr. (1993-94)
William J. Perry (1994-97)
William Cohen (1997-2001)
Attorney General
Janet Reno (1993-2001)
Secretary of the Interior
Bruce Babbitt (1993-2001)
Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Espy (1993-94)
Dan Glickman (1994-2001)
Secretary of Commerce
Ronald H. Brown (1993-96)
Mickey Kantor (1996-97)
William Daley (1997-2000)
Norman Y. Mineta (2000-01)
Secretary of Labor
Robert B. Reich (1993-97)
Alexis M. Herman (1997-2001)
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Donna E. Shalala (1993-2001)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Henry G. Cisneros (1993-97)
Andrew M. Cuomo (1997-2001)
Secretary of Transportation
Federico F. Peña (1993-97)
Rodney Slater (1997-2001)
Secretary of Energy
Hazel R. O’Leary (1993-97)
Federico F. Peña (1997-98)
Bill Richardson (1998-2001)
Secretary of Education
Richard W. Riley (1993-2001)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Jesse Brown (1993-97)
Togo D. West, Jr. (1998-2000)
Hershel W. Gober (2000-01)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-2020)
Stephen G. Breyer (1994- )

Notable Events:

  • 1993
    • The OSLO I Accord is signed in Washington.
    • NAFTA is signed, creating the world’s largest free trade zone by eliminating trade barriers between Canada, the US and Mexico.
    • The Battle of Mogadishu (also called Black Hawk Down) takes place.
  • 1994
    • The nineteen year old trade embargo against Vietnam is lifted.
    • GATT is approved.
    • START I is signed by President Clinton and heads of state of countries from the former USSR.
  • 1998
    • President Clinton signed into law the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The act provided harsher penalties for copyright infringement on the internet and made it illegal to create or distribute technologies for bypassing controlled access to copyrighted material.
  • 1999
  • 2000
    • President Clinton holds peace talks between Israel’s Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat at Camp David. They ended without the two parties reaching an agreement.
  • 1998-99
    • On December 19, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, one for perjury and the other for obstruction of justice.
    • On February 12, the Senate acquitted President Clinton of both articles of impeachment made against him by the House of Representatives.

Internet Biographies:

William J. Clinton — from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Bill Clinton — from American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Bill Clinton — from U.S. Presidents
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1993)
Second Inaugural Address (1997)

Media Resources:

From his 1999 State of the Union address: “…the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history.” (0:40)
MP3 (318K)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
Audio & Video
The American Presidency Project’s Presidential Audio/Video Archive for William J. Clinton

Other Internet Resources:

Clinton Presidential Center
Information about Clinton’s legacy, foundation and library.
Impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton – The University of Michigan Documents Center
A collection of links to online documents and other resources regarding President Clinton’s impeachment.

Points of Interest:

  • The first version of the official U.S. government White House website went online on Oct. 21, 1994.
  • On November 16, 2000, President Clinton was the first president to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
  • Bill Clinton was the president in 1993, when the February 26th bombing took place at the World Trade Center. It was the first of the many threats made against the US during the Clinton presidency.
  • When Clinton was elected the governor of Arkansas in 1978 at the age of 32, he was the youngest governor in the country at that time.
  • Clinton was the seventh left-handed president of the United States.

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