Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in the small town of Hope, Arkansas. Bill Clinton was named after his father, William Jefferson Blythe II, who had been killed in a car accident just three months before his son was born.
Biography and Career :
Bill Clinton graduated from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in 1968 with a degree in international affairs and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar for two years. Bill Clinton graduated from the Yale University Law School in 1973 and joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law that same year.
He was president of the United States for two terms, from 1993 until 2001. Clinton spent the 1970s as a law professor and then Attorney General of Arkansas,
and for most of the 1980s he was Governor of Arkansas. A moderate Democrat, in 1992 he defeated the incumbent George Bush for the U.S. presidency.
Bill Clinton first term was characterized by a strong economic recovery, and in 1996 he was re-elected.
Bill Clinton second term was dominated by scandal: accusations of corruption and investigations into rumors of his marital infidelity. On December 19, 1998 the U.S. House of Representatives voted (along party lines) in favor of two articles of impeachment.
He was accused of committing perjury and obstruction of justice in his attempt to cover up an extra-marital affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. In the subsequent senate trial, Bill Clinton was acquitted of the charges and remained in office. Days before leaving office, Bill Clinton struck a deal with the office of the special prosecutor in the case: in order to avoid an indictment, Bill Clinton admitted to making misleading testimony, and he was suspended from practicing law in Arkansas for five years. In 2000 his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected as a U.S. Senator from New York, the first time a First Lady had ever been elected to public office.
Bill Clinton successfully dispatched peace keeping forces to war-torn Bosnia and bombed Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United Nations inspections for evidence of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
He became a global proponent for an expanded NATO, more open international trade, and a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking.
Bill Clinton drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and China, advocating United States style freedom.
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