William Jefferson Clinton

Aug. 19, 1946 State: Arkansas Religion: Southern Baptist Marriage: Hillary Rodham Military service: None Party: Democrat Term: Jan. 20, 1993 - Jan. 20, 2001 Vice president: Albert Gore Jr. Highlights of presidency: During the healthiest economy in 30 years, the budget deficit was cut in half, 10 million new jobs were created and the size of the federal government was reduced by almost 250,000 employees. Clinton sent U.S. troops to Bosnia in conjunction with a UN peacekeeping mandate to enforce a cease-fire. In January 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, removing trade barriers among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. After a Republican landslide victory in November 1994, Clinton vetoed budget proposals, resulting in two government shutdowns. Clinton strongly considered partially privatizing Social Security with individual investment accounts. He ordered U.S. and NATO bombings in Bosnia and Kosovo to end ethnic attacks. Multiple allegations of wrongdoing were made throughout Clinton's presidency. In the case with the most serious consequences, Clinton testified to a grand jury that he did not have a sexual relationship with a White House intern. He later publicly admitted the affair, was charged with perjury and was impeached. The House of Representatives found him guilty of obstruction of justice, but the Senate did not convict him, so he remained in office. He was the second president to undergo an impeachment proceeding; the first was Andrew Johnson. Did you know? Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III three months after his father died in a car accident. He legally changed his last name to that of his stepfather when he was 16 years old. Clinton was the first president born after World War II. He was the only president to play the saxophone. He appointed more women to Cabinet positions than any other president up to that time. He was the first president to have been a Rhodes Scholar. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to serve two complete terms. Clinton also served as attorney general of Arkansas, 1977-79; and Arkansas governor, 1979-81 and 1983-92.
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