Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. His father, an automobile-parts salesman, died in a car accident three months before Bill was born. His mother, Virginia Cassidy, married Roger Clinton, an automobile dealer, when Bill was seven years old. The family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where Bill and his younger half brother, Roger, Jr., attended public schools. His mother often engaged Bill in political discussions and
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succeed in achieving most of his promised goals, especially on the economic front and in the remaking of the Democratic Party. Future history books may well begin by noting that William Clinton was the second president to have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. However, they will also note his amazing ability to survive and to substantially impact the politics, policies, and programs of the United States for most of the 1990s.