Bill Clinton (1946 – ) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: William Jefferson Clinton, the young President from Hope, Arkansas, succeeded where no other Democrat had since Franklin Roosevelt: he was reelected to a second term. Clinton also defied his critics by surviving an array of personal scandals, turning… more life in brief » Essays about Bill Clinton Life in Brief Life in Brief: William Jefferson Clinton, the young President from Hope, Arkansas, succeeded where no other Democrat had since Franklin Roosevelt: he was reelected to a second term. Clinton also defied his critics by surviving an array of personal scandals, turning the greatest fiscal deficit in American history i… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: William Jefferson Clinton spent the first six years of his life in Hope, Arkansas, where he was born on August 19, 1946. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, had died in an auto accident several months before his mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe, gave birth to the future President. Raised in the hom… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: The Campaign and Election of 1992: Bill Clinton easily defeated the leading Democratic contenders in the 1992 primaries, despite charges about having avoided the Vietnam draft and his rumored affairs with women. He dealt with the infidelity issue on national television in an interview in which he a…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: Bill Clinton began his transition into the presidency promising to focus "like a laser beam" on the economic needs of the nation: unemployment, the runaway deficit, the health care crisis, and welfare reform. On all fronts but one, health care reform, he succeeded significantly but not com…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: Bill Clinton came into office with relatively little experience in foreign affairs. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the uncertainties of the post-Cold War world produced a number of foreign policy crises which challenged Clinton's abilities as a statesman. Missteps in Somalia, Rwanda, …Life After the Presidency Life After the Presidency: After Bill Clinton left the White House, he moved to Chappaqua, New York, the home-base of that state's junior member of the United States Senate, Hillary Clinton. The former President keeps an office in New York City and maintains an active speaking schedule. His energies are devoted to tw…Family Life Family Life: While Hillary Rodham Clinton's activism as First Lady resulted in probably the highest public profile ever accorded a presidential spouse, the Clintons were deeply protective of the privacy of their only child, Chelsea. Chelsea, whose name came from the popular 1960's song, "Chelsea M…The American Franchise The American Franchise: The population of the country exceeded 280 million people during the Clinton presidency. According to the 2000 census, there were in the United States 72 million children, 174 million working-age adults (18-64), and 35 million persons ages 65 and over. The U.S. population was 69.1 percent wh…Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: The Clinton presidency is still with the nation in ways that make it difficult to draw sound judgments about its lasting historical legacy. However, scholars are beginning to focus on some aspects of his administration in which Clinton's historical importance might be significant. For example, C… About His Administration First Lady Hillary Clinton Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997–2001) Warren M. Christopher (1993–1997) Secretary of Defense William Cohen (1997–2001) William J. Perry (1994–1997) Les Aspin (1993–1994) Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt (1993–2001) Attorney General Janet Reno (1993–2001) Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers (1999–2001) Robert Rubin (1995–1999) Lloyd Bentsen (1993–1994) Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala (1993–2001) Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman (1997–2001) Robert Reich (1993–1997) Secretary of Commerce Norman Y. Mineta (2000–2001) William Daley (1997–2000) Michael Kantor (1996–1997) Ronald Brown (1993–1996) Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman (1995–2001) Michael Espy (1993–1994) Secretary of Education Richard Riley (1993–2001) Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson (1998–2001) Frederico Peña (1997–1998) Hazel O'Leary (1993–1997) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo (1997–2001) Henry Cisneros (1993–1997) Secretary of Transportion Rodney Slater (1997–2001) Frederico Peña (1993–1997) Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hershel Gober (2000–2001) Togo West (1998–2000) Jesse Brown (1993–1998) Facts about Bill Clinton Term: 42nd President of the United States (1993 – 2001) Born: August 19, 1946, Hope, Arkansas Political Party: Democrat Education: Georgetown University (1968), attended Oxford University (1968–1970), Yale Law School (1973) Religion: Baptist Marriage: October 11, 1975, to Hillary Rodham Children: Chelsea Victoria (1980) Career: Lawyer, public official WritingsPutting People First (1992); Between Hope and History (1996) Bill Clinton Image Gallery More images » Featured video: First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1993) Presidential Speech Archive Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) George W. Bush » « George H. W. Bush American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!