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Clinton, William J. ‘Bill’ (United States of America)

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Introduction

The 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton served for two terms from 1993–2001. Only the second president to be impeached, Clinton was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury over his attempted concealment of an extra-marital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was acquitted by the senate in 1999. Despite media fixation with his private life, Clinton oversaw a period of economic prosperity, helped expand the concept of free trade and helped broker several peace agreements in Europe and the Middle East.

Early Life

Born William Jefferson Blythe IV on 19 Aug. 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, Clinton’s father died in a car accident before his son’s birth. His mother Virginia Dell Blythe remarried to Roger Clinton, who she would later divorce and then remarry. Clinton studied international affairs at Georgetown University, graduating in 1968, and worked as an intern for Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Clinton was firmly opposed to...

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