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|William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States
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- )
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
|Year||Popular Votes||Electoral Votes|
|H. Ross Perot||19,742,267|
|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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- President Clinton authorized American troops, but not ground troops, to take part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) air strikes against the Serbian government. Although a United Nations (UN) courts ruled that a “genocide” was not taking place in Yugoslavia at this time, the UN court did conclude that Serbian President Slobodan Milošević‘s government had used a “systematic campaign of terror, including murders, rapes, arsons and severe maltreatments” in suppressing the ethnic Albanians’ revolt in Kosovo. NATO forces suffered virtually no loss of life during this military campaign.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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