Key Dates

1973 Wiliam Jefferson Clinton graduated from Yale Law School.

1976 Bill Clinton became Attorney General of Arkansas.

1978 William Clinton is elected Governor of Arkansas.

1992 Clinton is elected as President. Al Gore is his Vice President.

1995 Bomb destroys the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK.

1996 Clinton orders misile strikes on Irag.

1996 Clinton is elected to a second term as U.S. President.

1997 Monica Lewinsky scandal hits the news.

1999 Congress acquits Clinton in the impeachment trial.

William Jefferson Clinton
1993 - 2001
Forty-Second President

Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas on August 19, 1946.

Clinton was the only President born in Arkansas.

Bill Clinton's Vice President was Al Gore (1993-2001).

William Jefferson Clinton was named William Jefferson Blythe IV at birth. After his father's death, his mother married Roger Clinton. He began using his stepfather's last name while in grade school and formally changed his name to William Jefferson Clinton when he was 15.

His nickname as a child growing up in Arkansas was Bubba.

As a delegate to Boys Nation, William Clinton met JFK when he was 17.

President Clinton was the first President to be a Rhodes Scholar.

Bill Clinton's family brought a First Cat--Socks--from Arkansas when they moved into the White House. Socks was the first White House pet with a web site. He also had a Labrador Retriever named Buddy.

Bill Clinton was the first president to win reelection since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

President Clinton was the second President to be impeached.

President Clinton
Bill Clinton, 1993.
Credit: Library of Congress

Storytelling by celebrities and Clinton's welcoming remarks cybercast over the Internet were innovations added to the traditional Easter Egg Roll on April 13, 1998.

His wife, Hillary, was the first wife of a president to attain elective office herself.

Clinton is the only president to have his wife run for president.

Bill Clinton sent only two e-mails during his presidential term.

President Clinton and former President George H. Bush worked together on international and domestic relief efforts.




Quick Facts

42nd President

Born: Hope, Ark., August 19, 1946.

Inaugurated as President:
First Term: Jan. 20, 1997
Second Term: Jan. 20, 1997

Party: Democratic



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