Author: William Jefferson Clinton

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (b. 1946 as William Jefferson Blythe III) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. During his time as president, the United States experienced the longest peacetime economic expansion, and major legislation passed during this time includes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Born and raised in Arkansas, Clinton returned to the state after college and law school, winning election to serve as Arkansas Attorney General in 1976. Two years later, he was elected governor, a position to which he was elected again in 1982 and remained in until he ran for president in 1992.  

Remarks on Signing the King Holiday and Service Act

William Jefferson Clinton

The establishment of the national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. was followed by further deliberations about how best to honor King’s memory. Accepting the recommendations of the King Holiday Commission, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act of 1994 (coauthored by Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania and Congressman John Lewis of Georgia), which, among other things, encouraged the practice of community service on King’s birthday holiday, and authorized the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund opportunities to do so.