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Born

8/19/1946

Spouse

Hilary Rodham Clinton

Accomplishments

Governor of Arkansas
42nd president of the United States

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Bill Clinton summary: Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. He was born in Arkansas in 1946. While in high school, Clinton attended Boys State and earned a position as a representative in the American Legion’s Boys Nation, which gave him the opportunity to meet then-president John F. Kennedy. Clinton went on to attend Georgetown University, followed by Oxford University. During his time at Oxford, Clinton was drafted. He returned to Arkansas and joined the ROTC, but soon headed back to Oxford without having to serve actively. After Oxford, Clinton attended Yale University. Upon graduation, Clinton returned to Arkansas where he taught law and entered politics.

1n 1976, Clinton was elected as state attorney general. Two years later, he became governor of Arkansas. Clinton lost his bid for re-election, but he was successful in the following election, and he went on to serve four terms consecutively. In 1992, Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush and became the 42nd president of the United States. Clinton was re-elected in 1996. Despite his many accomplishments during his second term, his presidency was marred by a scandal that resulted in his impeachment. Charged with obstruction of justice and perjury in regards to an affair with a White House intern, Clinton was acquitted by the senate. The Monica Lewinsky scandal made headlines of the country for months and is still a hot debate at times. He and his wife, Hillary, remain active in politics. His wife is also heavily involved in the political scene and is often talked about as a presidential candidate.


 

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Were U.S. Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton impeached?Impeachment. … Is it correct to say that Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and William J. Clinton were impeached? Thank you WP ? ? ? Dear WP,   Technically, only two presidents were ever actually impeached, though it was the one who wasn’t who ended up more in disgrace than the other two. After […]
Book Review – Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama, by Marvin and Deborah KalbSome historical perspective on the different ways that "Vietnam" has influenced the Oval Office
What’s Your Number? The Vietnam War Selective Service LotteryHow would you have done in the 1970 Vietnam draft lottery, in a drawing held the night of December 1, 1969, and carried live over the radio and television? Find out how prominent figures born between 1944 and 1950 fared.
Interview – Max Cleland, author of Heart of a Patriot, on surviving VietnamVietnam vet Max Cleland, former Veterans Administration head and US Senator, speaks frankly about his war wounds, surviving post traumatic stress disorder, Walter Reed and Karl Rove, the inspiring Gen. Hal Moore, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Table of Contents – August 2009 American HistoryThe August 2009 issue of American History features articles on Benjamin Franklin, Martha Washington, Edwin Hubble and gangsters.
George Bush: World War II Navy PilotFormer president George H. W. Bush recounts his time in World War II as a naval aviator. He served aboard the Finback and San Jacinto and flew Avengers over Chichi Jima, Saipan, Rota, Marcus Island, Guam, Manila Bay and Wake Island.
They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 (Book Review)Reviewed by Lewis SorleyBy David MaranissSimon & Schuster, New York David Maraniss is an associate editor of The Washington Post who has written biographies of — brace yourself for the contrast — Vince Lombardi and Bill Clinton. He is thus well prepared for the formulation he employs in They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, […]
American History: Transformation of the U.S. Supreme CourtThe last four decades have witnessed a fundamental transformation in the types of men, and now women, who exercise the broad and untrammeled judicial power of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Korean War: A Fresh PerspectiveForty-five years after shipping out to fight in Korea, Harry Summers got new insight into what the war had been all about.
President Ronald Reagan: Inside Story of Reagan’s Berlin Challenge to ‘Tear Down This Wall!’For most of Ronald Reagan's advisers and diplomats, the president's June 1987 Berlin speech was much too confrontational -- a disaster in the making. Efforts to delete the call on Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall' continued even as the president's motorcade made its way to the Brandenburg Gate.
Alfred Rascon: A Case of Forgotten Valor During the Vietnam WarIn February 2000, 33 years after medic Alfred Rascon saved two lives in action in War Zone D, he finally received the Medal of Honor.
Book Review: Proudly We Served (by Mary Pat Kelly): WW2IIPROUDLY WE SERVEDA terrible storm whipped the North Atlantic in mid-October 1944 as an Allied convoy struggled toward England. The windswere 30 to 40 miles per hour, and the seas ran at 40 to 50 feet as Convoy NY-119–an ungainly herd of yard tugs, barges,merchantmen and the big oiler Maumee–plodded along at less than 5 […]
World War II: July 1997 From the EditorSeven long-overdue Medals of Honor are testaments to the heroism of African-American veterans. On November 16, 1944, Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers was in the thick of a fierce fight with the Germans. Rivers and the rest of the all-African-American 761st Tank Battalion–known as the “Black Panthers”–were advancing toward the small town of Guebling, France. The […]