Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe, III, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., was a traveling salesman who died in an automobile accident three months before Bill was born. Following Bill’s birth, to study nursing, his mother Virginia Dell Cassidy (1923–1994), traveled to New Orleans, leaving Bill in Hope with grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, who owned and operated a small grocery store.
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