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Clinton, Bill

William Jefferson Clinton

b. 19 Aug 1946, Hope, Arkansas

Title: President of the United States
Term: 20 Jan 1993 - 20 Jan 1997
Chronology: 6 Jan 1993, election to the office of President of the United States is declared upon counting electoral votes (cast 14 Dec 1992), joint session of the Congress, House Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [1]
20 Jan 1993, commencement of term
20 Jan 1993, took an oath of office as President of the United States, inaugural ceremony, West Front, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [2]
20 Jan 1997, expiration of term
Term: 20 Jan 1997 - 20 Jan 2001
Chronology: 9 Jan 1997, election to the office of President of the United States is declared upon counting electoral votes (cast 16 Dec 1996), joint session of the Congress, House Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [3]
20 Jan 1997, commencement of term
20 Jan 1997, took an oath of office as President of the United States, inaugural ceremony, West Front, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. [4]
20 Jan 2001, expiration of term
Names/titles: Original name: William Jefferson Blythe III (often confused with "Blythe IV"); took the family name Clinton in adolescence as a family-friendly gesture; also known as Bill Clinton [5]
Biography:
Attended St. John's Catholic Elementary School, Ramble Elementary School, and Hot Springs High School; graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1968); won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at University College, Oxford; was assigned to lead the campaign of George McGovern, Democratic presidential nominee, in Texas (1972); attended Yale Law School and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1973; taught at the University of Arkansas; lost the election to the House of Representatives in 1974; served as Attorney General of Arkansas (1976-1978); was elected Governor of the State of Arkansas (9 Jan 1979 - 19 Jan 1981); worked for law firm of Wright, Lindsey and Jennings (1981-1983); reelected Governor of the State of Arkansas (11 Jan 1983 - 12 Dec 1992); became a leading figure among the New Democrats; won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992; elected President of the United States (20 Jan 1993 - 20 Jan 2001); reelected in 1996; was involved in a political sex scandal (Lewinsky scandal); impeached by the House of Representatives (19 Dec 1998) on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power; acquitted by the Senate (12 Feb 1999).
Biographical sources: "My Life", by Bill Clinton (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004).
Elections:

Candidate (party) Electoral vote (14 Dec 1992)
William Jefferson Clinton (Democratic) 370
George Herbert Walker Bush (Republican) 168
total number of electors appointed 538
number of votes for a majority 270

Candidate (party) Electoral vote (16 Dec 1996)
William Jefferson Clinton (Democratic) 379
Robert Joseph Dole (Republican) 159
total number of electors appointed 538
number of votes for a majority 270
Source of electoral results: Congressional Record, 103rd Congress, 1st Session, 313; Congressional Record, 105th Congress, 1st Session, 280.

[1] Congressional Record, 103rd Congress, 1st Session, 312-313.
[2] Congressional Record, 103rd Congress, 1st Session, 383-385.
[3] Congressional Record, 105th Congress, 1st Session, 279-280.
[4] Congressional Record, 105th Congress, 1st Session, 470-473.
[5] "My Life", op. cit.: "My mother named me William Jefferson Blythe III after my father, William Jefferson Blythe Jr. ..."

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