Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946 in a town called Hope, with the birth
name William Jefferson Blythe. His birth father died in a car accident just
three months before his birth. When he was born his mother sent him to live with
his grandparents, due to the fact that because of the current economy she
couldn’t possibly support a child by herself. He lived with his grandparents for
two years while his mother was away at nursing school in New Orleans trying to
advance her career. His grandparents tried to instill in him strong southern
Baptist principles and a desire to get a good education. When Bill was four his
mother returned to Hope where she met and married Roger Clinton Sr.. A few years
later Bill and his family moved to Hot Springs, where despite his Baptist
upbringing Bill attended a catholic school. When he was nine years old he
changed schools and went to Ramble Elementary. When Bill was ten Roger Clinton
Jr. was born, and at age fifteen Bill took his step fathers last name in hopes
of helping his mothers troubled relationship. While Bill was growing up in Hot
Springs, the town was plagued by illegal gambling, but Bill had little contact
with this part of society despite his parents frequent participation in these
illegal practices. As time went by his mothers relationship became more and more
unstable with the alcoholic Roger Clinton Sr.. The relationship turned abusive
and his parents often separated. In high school Bill was a member of the band,
student government, honor society and numerous other organizations. One summer
at a political summer camp called Boys State, Bill ran for delegate to Boys
Nation. He won this election and was on his way to Washington to meet John F.

Kennedy and Senator William Fulbright. Bill said of his victory as delegate to
Boys Nation, “I didn’t know if I could win a race like that, because when I
was a student politician, I was about as controversial as I have been in my
later life” (Allen pg.10). After meeting JFK and Senator Fulbright face to
face, Bill became determined to enter politics. After high school Bill went to
the University of Georgetown where he concentrated on international studies, in
order to prepare himself for the world of politics. While enrolled at
Georgetown, he had to get job to help pay the tuition cost. He took advantage of
the meeting he had with Senator Fulbright to get a job as Fulbright’s assistant.

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While at school Clinton was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and went to Oxford to
study for two years. After traveling through Europe and graduating form Oxford,
he then went on to study law at Yale in 1971. At this time in his life, Bill did
something that would come back to haunt him in his political career many years
down the road. During the Vietnam war Clinton tried to receive a draft deferment
for his education. Also, despite his hatred for the war enrolled in ROTC. He
failed to fulfill his enrollment in the program when he realized that if he got
a lottery number for the draft, his chances of being called were slim to none.

While attending Yale, he met Hillary Rodham and the two started a friendship
that turned into a relationship. After graduation from Yale Clinton planned on
returning to Hot Springs to set up a small law practice, but on before he left
Yale one of his professors suggested that he seek a position as a professor of
law at the University of Arkansas. Bill thought about this on the way back to
Arkansas and when he arrived there he called up the University and requested an
interview. After a few tries, he successfully landed a job on the faculty and
began to teach law at age twenty-eight. In 1974 he decided to run for congress
in his district and was narrowly defeated by his elder opponent John Paul
Hammerschmidt. After this narrow defeat, he received a lot of attention as an up
and coming politician. In 1975 Bill and Hillary got married at a house that Bill
had just bought. In a small private ceremony, at the wedding reception he
announced his intention to run for office in 1976 but was not positive as to
whether he would seek the office of States Attorney General or run again for
Congress. In 1976 he ran and was elected to the position of States Attorney
General. His term as


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