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The 42nd President - William Jefferson Clinton



The 42nd President - William Jefferson Clinton
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.79

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    leadership, saxophone, re-election, kennedy, attend, youth, born, traveled, leader, presidential, goal, church, become, country, event, single
     content words:    William Jefferson Blythe, Roger Clinton, When Roger, White House, President John F., Bill Clinton, United States, Georgetown University, Al Gore


The 42nd President - William Jefferson Clinton
By Tammy Scarbrough
  

1     Bill Clinton was born as William Jefferson Blythe, III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He was named after his father, who had died in a car wreck a few months before Bill was born. When young Bill was about four years old, his mother married Roger Clinton, and they had a son, also named Roger, in 1956. When Roger started school, Bill had his last name changed from Blythe to Clinton. He was around fifteen years old at the time.
 
2     When Clinton was a senior in high school, he was chosen to go to Washington, D.C., as part of a youth leadership event. The group was invited to go to the White House to meet President John F. Kennedy, who had been elected in 1960. Bill Clinton was able to shake the president's hand. This single event was very important in Clinton's goal to become President of the United States one day.
 
3     Clinton went back to his hometown and worked hard at becoming the leader he knew he could be. He organized charity events and raised money for his church. He also worked hard at his studies so that he could reach his dreams and goals. He loved to play the saxophone, and he practiced every day. He became one of the best saxophone players at his school and in the state. His talent and hard work earned him college scholarships. He chose to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1968.

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