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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was born October 26, 1947 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago. She was raised in Park Ridge, a suburb located 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Her parents were Hugh E. Rodham and Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham and she grew up with two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.

Hillary Clinton's great-grandfather, Jonathan Rodham, was a coal miner in north-east England.

Clinton claimed her mother was inspired to name her Hillary with two ‘l’s by the first person to climb Everest, until it was pointed out that she was born in 1947 and Sir Edmund Hillary didn’t conquer the peak until 1953.

Hillary Clinton wanted to be an astronaut as a child. She wrote to NASA, but was told its program didn’t accept women.

Hillary Clinton attended Maine East school from 1961–1964. She was elected president of the school’s Young Republicans chapter before she ultimately switched to Democrat.

The actor Harrison Ford graduated from Maine East school, the year before Hillary Clinton enrolled.

She entered Yale Law School in 1969 and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree four years later.

In 1974, Clinton was one of three women on the staff of 43 lawyers who advised the House committee during the Watergate scandal. Their work led to Richard Nixon’s eventual resignation.

Hillary and Bill Clinton first met when they were classmates at the Yale Law School. They married on October 11, 1975 in the living room of their new home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, when Hillary was working as a faculty member at the Law School of the University of Arkansas. When asked what attracted Hillary to Bill, she replied, “He wasn’t afraid of me.”

In 1993  Hillary Clinton chaired a commission, which produced a complicated scheme for radically reforming America’s health care. She was forced to abandon her plans to introduce a national health insurance scheme enabling medical care to be affordable to all, due to the vehement opposition of lobby groups representing doctors, insurance companies and health care. Despite the set back, the First Lady continued to be a leading light in raising public awareness of health issues especially stressing the importance that children are properly immunized and promoting breast cancer research funding.

According to An Invitation To The White House" Hillary Clinton's favorite dish prepared by former presidential pastry chef Roland Mesnier was mocha mousse cake. She wrote: "When it appears, and then quickly disappears, I'll call Roland laughing and pleading, 'Please don't ever do it again!'"

When Hillary Clinton decided that she wanted to be a Senator, she chose New York even though she never lived there. She went on to win the election on November 7, 2000, becoming the first First Lady in US history to seek and win a political office.

She was re-elected to the Senate in 2006.

Hillary Clinton loves going on long walks with her husband and two dogs, Maisie and Tally. They were on one of those walks when President Obama called to ask her to be his secretary of state.

During her term as Secretary of State in Barack Obama's administration, Clinton used her position to make women's rights and human rights a focus of U.S. initiatives.

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As Secretary of State,  Clinton went to 112 countries and flew 956,733 miles.

On July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first female Presidential nominee of a major US party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Despite winning a plurality of the national popular vote, Clinton lost the Electoral College and the presidency to her Republican opponent Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton won a Grammy in 1997 for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of her book It Takes a Village.

Hillary Clinton's 2014 memoir Hard Choices is so titled because that is how she frames the foreign policy situations encountered during her tenure.

Hillary Clinton revealed in 2014 that she hasn't driven a car in 20 years.

She likes to relax by reading mystery novels.

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