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Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. His term went from 1993 to 2001. Keep reading for the comprehensive on site fact file detailing the life and Presidency of Bill Clinton or download our entire worksheet bundle to teach in the home or classroom environment.
Bill Clinton Biography
- Bill was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, just three months after the death of his father in an accident.
- His mother remarried and he adopted his stepfather’s surname, Clinton, in his teens. He has one brother, Roger Clinton Jr.
- In 1964, teenager Bill Clinton went on a trip to Washington DC as part of the American Legion Boys’ Nation program. While there, he was able to shake hands with then President John F. Kennedy, an event which he later said inspired him to run for public office in the future.
- Clinton met his wife, Hillary, at Yale where they both studied law.
- He was a law professor at the University of Arkansas before he went into politics.
- In his ideals, Clinton is described as a New Democrat. Accordingly, many of his policies when he was in office reflected a centrist Third Way philosophy in politics.
- Bill Clinton came to presidency at the age of 46 making him the third youngest US president [next to Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy].
- He was also the first president of the Baby Boomer generation.
- Bill Clinton is the first Democrat to get reelected since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- Clinton’s time as president was marked with peace and economic prosperity. The country enjoyed a low unemployment rate, saw a decline in crime rates and had a budget surplus.
- Bill Clinton is married to Hillary Clinton. They met in Yale. They have one daughter, Chelsea
- In 2001, Clinton went down American history as the first president to be married to a US senator. Then first lady Hillary Clinton was sworn in as a first-time senator from New York, days just before Bill Clinton’s term as US president ended.
- Clinton was known to appoint women and minorities to top government offices. For one, he appointed Janet Reno who went on to become the first female US Attorney General and Madeline Albright, the first female US Secretary of State.
- He was also the second president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The first one was Andrew Johnson in 1868.
- The House impeached him in 1998 on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice. Both were related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. However, the Senate acquitted him in 1999 and he was able to serve his second term full time.
- When Clinton left office, he had the highest end-of-office rating from among US Presidents who were in power since World War II.
- After his two terms in the country’s highest seat, Clinton became active in public speaking and humanitarian-related works. He put up William J. Clinton Foundation which addresses international issues like HIV-AIDS, global warming and climate change.
- He is also very active in politics campaigning for the Democratic Party including the campaigns of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 as well as his wife, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.
- He was appointed by the United Nations as Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009.
- After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, Clinton teamed up with another former US President, George W. Bush, to put up the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Bill Clinton Political Career Timeline
1974 – Ran for the Arkansas’ Third Congressional District’s seat as a Democrat but lost to his Republican opponent.
1976 – Became the State Attorney General of Arkansas as he ran for the seat without any opponent.
1978 – At 32, he was elected governor of Arkansas.
1984 to 1990 – After losing in 1982, Clinton ran for the gubernatorial seat and got elected in 1984 and again in 1986 and 1990.
1991 – Started campaigning for US presidency.
November 3, 1992 – Clinton won the presidency defeating George W. Bush and H. Ross Perot.
January 20, 1993 – Was sworn into office; officially became the 42nd President of America.
November 30, 1993 – Signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the law which requires background checks and a five-day waiting period for handgun buyers.
December 8, 1993 – Signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The law went into effect on January 1 the following year.
May 6, 1994 – Clinton was accused of making unwanted sexual advances by Paula Corbin, former employee of the state of Arkansas, during a business conference in 1991 when he was still Arkansas governor. Corbin filed a federal civil lawsuit against Clinton.
November 5, 1996 – Reelected into presidency; the first reelected Democrat for the said office since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
January 1998 – News leaked out about the president carrying on an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky admitted to the affair and cover-up to her friend, Linda Tripp which was recorded. Clinton denied the allegations.
February 2, 1998 – Clinton signed the first balanced budget since 1969.
August 1998 – Lewinsky testified before the grand jury holding on to her declarations earlier that she carried on a relationship with the president. Clinton, in his testimony, finally admitted that he had “inappropriate intimate relationship” with Lewinsky but it didn’t constitute sexual relations as they never had actual sexual intercourse.
September 11, 1998 – The House released The Starr Report to the public. The following month [October 1998] they voted to start impeachment proceedings against the president.
December 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee four articles of impeachment against Clinton – lying under oath, obstructing justice and using his position to cover up his affair with Lewinsky. That same month, on 19, the whole US Congress approved two of the four articles – perjury and obstruction of justice. So President Clinton became the second US president to be impeached by the Congress.
January 1999 – Senate trial on Clinton’s charges started.
February 12, 1999 – Senate hearing ended with Clinton’s acquittal from the charges.
January 19, 2001 – Clinton agreed to give up his Arkansas law license for 5 years just a day before he left his presidential post. Along with this, he had to pay a fine of $25,000 to the state bar association.
January 20, 2001 – Just a few hours before his term ended, Clinton pardoned some 141 people who included Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, publishing heiress Patty Hearst, Switzerland fugitive financier Marc Rich and his own brother, Roger Clinton Jr. who was imprisoned due to a conviction on a cocaine charge in the 1980s.
Bill Clinton Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Bill Clinton Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Bill Clinton who was the 42nd president of the United States. His term went from 1993 to 2001.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Bill Clinton Facts
- William J. Clinton
- Road to the White House
- When in Washington
- Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!
- The Other Clinton
- Everything About Arkansas
- Post Presidency
- Executive Crossword
- Clinton on Climate Change
- I am the President
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