Hillary Clinton Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1947 - present *** Full Name: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton *** Occupation: American Attorney and Politician *** Date of Birth: Hillary Clinton was born on October 26th 1947 *** Place of Birth: Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois United States *** Family background: Her father was Hugh Ellsworth Rodham of English and Welsh descent and her mother was Dorothy Emma Howell of English, Scottish, Welsh and French-Canadian descent *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony. He father successfully managed a small textile business *** Education: Hillary Clinton attended Main East High School before having to transfer to Main South High School for her senior year due to redistricting. She later attended Wellesley College where she took political science ***
Hillary Clinton Fact 1: Hillary Clinton was born on October 26th 1947 and during the 20th century period in history when such things as cultural homogenization through development in transportation and communications technology as well as world population grown are all major issues in this century.
Hillary Clinton Fact 2: Her teenage years were very formative ones. Brought up in a conservative household she was very much politically minded from an early age.
Hillary Clinton Fact 3: During the 1960 presidential campaign she would be responsible for finding evidence of electoral fraud against Richard Nixon the Republican candidate.
Hillary Clinton Fact 4: In 1962 she had the opportunity to meet with Martin Luther King, Jr. the civil rights leader, in Chicago. She would describe herself in 1965 as “a mind conservative and a heart liberal”. She had various changes of heart during these early years, her mind changed on subjects such as the American Civil Rights Movement as well as the Vietnam War and to assist her, Professor Alan Schechter assigned her to the House Republican Conference.
Hillary Clinton Fact 5: After that particular experience she withdrew from the Republican Party.
Hillary Clinton Fact 6: By the early to mid-70’s she was a staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 1974 she became a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington D.C. giving advice to the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.
Hillary Clinton Fact 7: At this time she was seen as a woman who could very likely have a very successful political career as a senator or even president.
Hillary Clinton Fact 8: Having met Bill Clinton in early 1971, a fellow law student they began dating and later on living together as well as working politically together.
Hillary Clinton Fact 9: By 1974 Bill was proposing marriage and she couldn’t give him an answer initially until finally, having failed the District of Columbia bar exam she passed the Arkansas exam and finally made up her mind “I chose to follow my heart instead of my head.”
Hillary Clinton Fact 10: They moved to Arkansas where Bill continued to pursue his political career and Hillary became a member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas in the School of Law where there was only one other female engaged there.
Hillary Clinton Fact 11: Hillary finally agreed to get married and they got married in October 1975.
Hillary Clinton Fact 12: When Bill failed to get elected for the congressional race he was elected Attorney General for Arkansas and so the couple moved to the capital city of Little Rock where Hillary joined Rose Law Firm specializing in intellectual property and patent infringement law.
Hillary Clinton Fact 13: By 1978 she would become the First Lady of Arkansas when bill was elected Governor of Arkansas and it would be her official title for twelve years.
Hillary Clinton Fact 14: The following year she would become the first woman to made a full partner in her law firm.
Hillary Clinton Fact 15: In February 1980 she would give birth to their only child, a daughter, Chelsea.
Hillary Clinton Fact 16: Up until 1982 she had continued to use her own name of Rodham so that there was no confusion or potential conflicts within their careers but she began to go by Hillary Clinton and later Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Hillary Clinton Fact 17: Between 1982 and 1988 she served on the board of directors for the New World Foundation and between 1987 and 1991 she was first chair of American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
Hillary Clinton Fact 18: In as early as 1992 her husband would be accused of extra marital affairs at this point during his Democratic presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton Fact 19: In 1993 she would however become First Lady of the United States and also the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree let alone one who had her own independent career and also requested an office in the West Wing as well as the traditional First Lady’s offices in the East Wing. Hillary Clinton Fact 20: Next to Eleanor Roosevelt she would also become a First Lady that was right there beside her husband, whose own campaign promise had been “two for the price of one” already confirming that Hillary would have an active role in his presidency.
Hillary Clinton Fact 21: One of the earliest jobs Bill gave Hillary was to chair a Task Force on National Health Care Reforms which would soon become known as the Clinton health care plan.
Hillary Clinton Fact 22: His term as President was not without its controversies including another allegation of an extramarital affair that would culminate in the impeachment of Bill Clinton in which Hillary chose to stand by her husband’s side.
Hillary Clinton Fact 23: Before her husband’s term in office was complete Hillary already had an eye to her own future in politics as it had been suggested to her that with the retirement of Charles B Rangel of New York, Hillary could run to fill his vacant seat in the Senate election, which she decided to do.
Hillary Clinton Fact 24: As the First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton was sworn in as a United States Senator, so far the first and only time an elected official was serving as First Lady.
Hillary Clinton Fact 25: Hillary Clinton easily won her second term and in 2008 she announced her decision to run as a candidate for the presidential elections but Obama won his second term.
Influence & Legacy: Hillary Clinton has become a role model for women in politics. She has shown throughout her life that as a woman you can have a thriving career, support and stand by a husband throughout his own political career and still harbor aspirations to hold the highest office in the land as her own.