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Browse these images of Bill Clinton during his two terms as the U.S. President, and read factoids of his life.

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William Jefferson Clinton served as America's 42nd President from 1993-2001.

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Born in Hope, Arkansas as William Jefferson Blythe III, Bill took his stepfather's last name when he was 14. His own father died in a car crash just three months before Bill was born.

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Clinton graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1968, after which he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

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Bill Clinton met Hillary Rodham while both were attending Yale Law School, and they married in 1975.

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In 1979, at age 32, Clinton became the youngest Governor in the country after he was elected in Arkansas. He would lose his bid for reelection after only one term.

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In 1982, Clinton ran for Governor of Arkansas again and won. This time, Clinton would serve as Governor for ten years.

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In 1992, Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in the national presidential election, becoming the youngest American President since JFK.

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In his first year in office, Clinton signed landmark pieces of legislation including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the National Service Program, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the armed forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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With Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in September 1993, Clinton presided over the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, D.C.

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In 1994, Clinton lifted the 19-year trade embargo against Vietnam, paving the way for free trade and cooperation in searching for the thousands of Americans still classified MIA from the Vietnam War.

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Clinton's first term was not without scandal. Arkansas state employee Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the President in 1994.

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The Whitewater controversy threw the Clintons in the middle of a financial fraud investigation that would span 18 years.

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In 1996, Clinton defeated Republican Bob Dole to win a second term in the presidency. He was the first Democratic incumbent since FDR to be reelected President.

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Clinton's second term saw the most significant budget surpluses in 50 years.

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During his second term, Clinton made historic trips to Sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam.

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After Osama bin Laden's terrorist group bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Clinton authorized bombing campaigns against Al Qaida in Sudan and Afghanistan. He also oversaw the bombing of anti-air installations in Iraq, and lent U.S. troops to NATO's campaign against Yugoslavia for ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

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In 1998, a story broke alleging that Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Although Clinton denied the allegations, intense press coverage continued for months. Finally, in August Clinton admitted to a grand jury that he had an "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky.

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On December 19, 1998, charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, Clinton became the second President in American history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The Senate would acquit him two months later.

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After the Presidency, Bill Clinton started the William J. Clinton Foundation, which focuses on solutions for international challenges including poverty, climate change, global health and education.

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