William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States
William, or Bill, Jefferson Blythe III was born on August 19, 1946, in the small town of Hope, Arkansas. He was named after his father, William Jefferson Blythe II, who had been killed in a car accident just three months before his son was born. Needing to find a way to support herself and her new child, Bill?s mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to study nursing. Bill stayed with his grandparents in Hope. There he was surrounded by many relatives who gave him love and support and who played a significant role in his upbringing.
His mother returned from New Orleans with her nursing degree in 1950, when her son was four years old. Later that same year, she married an automobile salesman named Roger Clinton. When Bill was seven years old, the family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Known for its natural mineral hot springs, and its scenic county, Hot Springs was bigger than Hope and offered better employment opportunities. Roger received a higher paying job, as a service manager for his brothers car dealer-ship and Virginia was able to find a better job as a nurse. In 1956,
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