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Bill Clinton (1946 – )

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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

Facts about Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States (1993 – 2001)
August 19, 1946, Hope, Arkansas
Political Party
Georgetown University (1968), attended Oxford University (1968–1970), Yale Law School (1973)
October 11, 1975, to Hillary Rodham
Chelsea Victoria (1980)
Lawyer, public official

Putting People First (1992); Between Hope and History (1996)

Bill Clinton Exhibits

‘Executive Privilege’

Presidents as far back as George Washington have claimed executive privilege on the grounds that a president must be able to receive candid advice from advisors and experts in order to govern appropriately. However, after President Nixon and Watergate, executive privilege has been viewed with increasing suspicion by both Congress and the public. This exhibit reflects on executive privilege as used by George Washington, Grover Cleveland, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

‘Presidents and Tax Policy’

Over time Presidents have undertaken a variety of different approaches toward tax policy in an effort to respond to the large and often unpredictable U.S. economy. Once the Presidents decided which policy to pursue, they then had to try to rally public support. Their various speeches and campaigns to inform the public about tax policy met with varying success. 1961-2008.

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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)

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