Short Summary Of Bill Clinton’s Life

Bill Clinton
was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in the small town
of Hope, Arkansas. He was named after his father, William Jefferson Blythe
II, who had been killed in a car accident just three months before his son’s
birth. Needing a way to support herself and her new child, Bill Clinton’s mother,
Virginia Cassidy Blythe, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to study nursing.
Bill Clinton stayed with his mother’s parents in Hope. There his grandparents,
Eldrigde and Edith Cassidy, taught him strong values and beliefs such as “equality
among all and discrimination to none”. This was a lesson Bill never forgot.
His
mother returned from New Orleans with a nursing degree in 1950, when her son
was four year old. Later that same year, she married an automobile salesman
named Roger Clinton. When Bill was seven years old, the family moved to Hot
Springs, Arkansas for it offered a better employment opportunities. Roger
received a higher paying job as a service manager for his brother’s car dealer-ship
and Virginia discovered a job as a nurse anesthetist. In 1956, Bill Clinton’s
half-brother, Roger Clinton Jr., was born. When his brother was old enough
to enter school, young Bill had his last name legally altered from Blythe to
Clinton.
Clinton’s life continued and during his High school years he was
awestruck by two successful leaders, John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. He was inspired by them so much that thrived on fulfilling their
dreams. He raised money and organized charity events, but most of all he learned
how to work with people and the concept of being a good citizen.
In his spare
time, he endulged himself in literature and played a saxophone. He loved music,
and each summer he would attend a band camp in the Ozark Mountains. His hard
work paid off when he became top saxophone player at his school and won first
chair in state band.
Bill Clinton recognized that although college would
be expensive, it would give him the education he needed to accomplish his goals.
His hard work in school, combined with his music ability, earned him many academic
and music scholarships. With the aid of those scholarships and loans from the
government, he was able to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
He chose George town because it had an excellent foreign service program and
it was located in the nations capital.
He earned is Bachelor of Science Degree
in International Affairs and worked an intern in the office of Arkansas Senator
J. William Fulbright. He then continued college in Oxford University in England
and Yale University. At Yale, he maintained his interest in government by campaigning
for a Senator candidate in Connecticut. He also met Hillary Rodham, whom he
would later marry on October 11, 1975.
He graduated and returned to Arkansas
to teach law at the University of Arkansas. In 1974, he ran for congress and
lost. In 1976, Bill was elected Attorney General of Arkansas and two years
later, at the age of 32, he became the youngest governor in the U.S.
On
February 27, 1980, the Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Victoria, was born. Also
that year he lost his second term race but he regained it in 1982. He then
proceeded to enhance education for all in the state and as chairman of the
National Governors’ Association in 1986 to ’87 he reformed welfare.
Not long
after, Bill was nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate and he chose
Al Gore from Tennessee as his running mate. Campaigning on the slogan “putting
people first” and concepts such as preserving the American Dream, restoring
the hopes of the middle class, and reclaiming the future for the nation’s children
lead him to the 42nd Presidency in the United States over George Bush.
Running
on the slogan “a bridge to the future” in 1996, Bill hopes to maintain this
glorifying chair. Throughout his life, he has worked to make a difference in
the lives of others. To him, Hope means more than just a small town in Arkansas;
it means working to ensure that each American has the opportunity to fulfill
his or her dream.

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