FASCINATING FACTS: 18 Little-Known Facts about Hillary Clinton

Lawyer, former senator, former first lady, and now the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton has been one of the key political players in the United States since the beginning of 20th century. Mired in controversies as well as praise, she is competing for the presidency against the Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. Before the elections unfold and the fates are decided, we’ve collected some interesting facts about Hillary Clinton for you.

1. During her freshman year at Wellesley College in 1965, Clinton served as the president of Young Republicans and even helped Republicans campaign for the Republican nominee.

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Coming from a politically conservative family, with a traditionalist father, Hillary helped to solicit the votes of Chicago’s South Side at the age of thirteen in 1960. Then, she volunteered to campaign for the Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964. Continuing her active participation in politics, Hillary majored in political science at Wellesley College, served as the president of Young Republicans there, and supported John Lindsay to Mayor of New York and Edward Brooke to the United States Senate. However, she later left her position as she started experiencing a change of views, describing herself as “a mind conservative and a heart liberal”.(source)

2. One of Hillary’s first cases was about a can of pork and beans with a rat in it.

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In the case, Hillary was defending the canning company in question against a man who found a rat’s part in a can of pork and beans he opened. The plaintiff said that the sight was so nauseating that he couldn’t kiss his fiancee. Hillary’s argument against the case consisted of saying that there are parts of the world who would consider rats as edible and that the rodent would have been sterilized during the canning process. The case was often joked about by Bill and Hillary, and nicknamed “The Rat’s Ass Case”.(source)

3. In 1974, Hillary Clinton was a member of the inquiry staff that impeached Richard Nixon.

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In 1974, Hillary was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., that was advising the House Committee on the Judiciary on impeachment inquiries. She also helped to research the procedures, historical grounds, and standards of impeachment under the guidance of Chief Counsel John Doar and senior member Bernard W. Nussbaum. The same committee’s work also led to the resignation of the President Richard Nixon in August that year.(source)

4. Hillary refused Bill Clinton’s marriage proposals for almost two years before finally agreeing to marry him in 1975.

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Hillary and Bill started dating in 1971. Bill, at that time, was a law student at Yale as well. While Hillary was interning at a law firm that summer, Bill canceled his original plans for summer in order to live with her. After summer, they continued living together while attending law school. After Hillary graduated in 1973, Bill proposed to her, but she declined as she was not sure if she wanted to tie her future with him. She continued to have doubts about marriage since she didn’t want her identity to be lost and her accomplishments to be viewed in someone else’s light. But she finally agreed to marry him in 1975.(source)

5. Hillary and Bill Clinton go to different churches. She is a Methodist and he is a Baptist.

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Both the Clintons come from different types of family, not just religiously, but also in terms of some other things. Hillary was raised in a politically conservative and United Methodist family. While Bill, had a troubled childhood with an abusive alcoholic stepfather. His biological father was already married before he married Bill’s mother and died in a car accident three months before his birth. He was raised as a Southern Baptist and was a member of Southern Baptist Convention which he left due to its conservative positions.(12)

6. Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service code name is “Evergreen”.

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During the days when electronic communication was not always encrypted, the United States Secret Service started using code names for the U.S. presidents, first ladies, other prominent people, and significant locations. There is no real necessity for assigning such names in the present days and now they only serve for purposes of tradition and clarity. According to the protocol, the words used for the name should be easily pronounced and easily understood by anyone listening regardless whichever their native language may be. Bill Clinton’s code name is Eagle, Hillary’s Evergreen and their daughter Chelsea’s is Energy.(source)

7. Hillary Clinton turned $1,000 into nearly $100,000 by trading in the volatile commodities futures market in 1978.

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Within 10 months of trading, in 1978, Hillary Clinton was able to gain nearly $1000, 000 after investing $1,000 in the notorious volatile market of commodities futures. There have been many suggestions that the trades were actually risk-free and that she had an unfair advantage in the form of an Arkansas lawyer. To dispel the suggestions, the White House released a statement that it was her own money and she bore all the financial risks associated with the trade where three out of four investors lose money. The brokerage statements of her two bank accounts during that year were also released. At the recommendation of senior advisors of the former president and his wife, she stopped trading by 1980 because “she did not have the stomach for it and found it to be too nerve-racking”.(source)

8. Hillary Clinton was a member of the board of directors of Wal-Mart.

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By the end of the 1980s, Hillary Clinton was already serving on the boards of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Legal Services, Children’s Defense Fund, TCBY, Lafarge, and Wal-Mart. She served on the corporate board of Wal-Mart, an Arkansas-based company, between 1986 and 1992, and was the first female member of the board. While she pushed successfully to adopt environmentally friendly practices there, she was unsuccessful in the campaign to bring in more women to the company’s management. She was also known to have been silent about the company’s anti-labor union practices.(source)

9. In 1988 and 1991, she was named as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by National Law Journal, a periodical that reports legal information of national importance to attorneys.

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Hillary Clinton had a long career as a lawyer, even while she was the first lady of Arkansas she did her job. She played an important role in policy making, examining appointments, and filling many positions in the administration during her husband’s term as the president of United States. While she was the first lady of Arkansas, she received many honors and awards including an honorary doctorate by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as well as being named as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by National Law Journal.(source)

10. Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis, a critique of the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, was locked away by White House during the 8 years of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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The senior thesis Hillary Clinton wrote in political science has gained a mythic status among many of her critics because it was forbidden to read and locked away by the White House. In 1993, the Clintons have asked Wellesley College, where Hillary studied, to seal her thesis from the first generation of Clinton biographers. Following that, Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule that stated that the senior thesis of every graduate is available for anyone to read in the college archives, except for those written by either a president or a first lady of the United States.(source)

11. Hillary Clinton hasn’t driven a car since 1996, which she confessed as one of the regrets about having a public life.

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As a rule, even the former presidents and first ladies are under Secret Service protection for life after leaving office. While at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting, Hillary Clinton disclosed that she quite missed driving on her own and that she hasn’t done so since 1996. She wasn’t the only public personality who doesn’t get to drive, and apparently they all miss it. Bill Clinton said he drives his golf cart during his golf outings to get his fill of driving and George W. Bush used to drive his pickup truck within the limits of his ranch in Texas before it was sold.(source)

12. In 1997, Hillary Clinton won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album.

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Hillary won the award by The Recording Academy for the audio version of her book It Takes a Village, under the category of Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album. It was during the 39th annual Grammy Awards. The book was first published in 1996 under the title It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, in which she gives her vision for the children in America.(source)

13. Hillary Clinton is the only first lady to ever seek elective office and be nominated for the presidency for a major political party.

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Hillary Clinton has a lot of firsts in her repertoire. She was the first first lady who was also a lawyer and had an active career. Another thing is that she is the first female senator from New York to have held an elected office while or after serving as a first lady. Also, she was the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation and the first female partner at Rose Law Firm, which is the third oldest law firm in the United States.(source)

14. Hillary Clinton is the only first lady to be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.

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The Whitewater scandal involved the investigation of the involvement of Clintons. Hillary and Bill Clinton along with their associates Jim and Susan McDougal were investors in a failed real estate business venture during the 1970s and 1980s called Whitewater Development Corporation. Two allegations were raised against Hillary Clinton during that time. The first one was that she pressured an Arkansas businessman to make a loan that would benefit him and the owners of Madison Guaranty. The second one was that these transactions were concealed. In May 1994, the former president and his wife were subpoenaed for all the related documents with a deadline of 30 days.(source)

15. Hillary Clinton, on the advice of her psychologist, used to hold imaginary conversations with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to cope with the stress and expectations of being a first lady and a politician.

During her husband’s term as a president, Hillary struggled to make sense of her role as the first lady “as she swung between New Age feminist and national housewife”. So, one of her past mentors and psychologist Jean Houston suggested her to seek guidance from her hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. He encouraged her to open herself up by talking to the former first lady to look at her own capabilities and understand her place in history. He also suggested talking to Gandhi and Jesus Christ, but she declined to do that with the latter one.(source)

16. During a visit to Alexandria, Egypt, in 2012, Hillary Clinton was pelted with shoes and tomatoes by protesters chanting “Monica, Monica”, referring to the scandal involving her husband, Bill Clinton.

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The incident took place when Clinton visited Egypt and spoke at the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria. It was not clear who the protesters were or what their political affiliations were, but the night before she gave her speech, they were chanting slogans outside the hotel she stayed and accusing the United States of taking the side of Muslim Brotherhood. The next day they were throwing tomatoes, shoes, and even a water bottle chanting the name Monica.(source)

17. Hillary Clinton once out-drank her Republican rival, John McCain, in a vodka drinking contest.

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In 2004, when Clinton and Jon McCain were on a congressional tour in Estonia, they both indulged in a little vodka drinking contest at a restaurant in the country’s capital city of Tallinn. Though the incident was dismissed as a rumor, Clinton’s campaign manager and the proprietor of the restaurant said that the two political leaders did indeed have the contest and that Hillary won after four shots. (source)

18. While campaigning in southern states, Hillary adopts a southern accent.

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Though Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, she lived for 20 years in Arkansas, a southeastern state in the US, when her husband was the governor. Apparently, whenever she goes to the southern states, her accent tends to become more southern. However, many critics who were quick to point it out call it her “black-cent” and accuse her of patronizing her audience. Some even question whether it should be acceptable for someone to change their accent according to their audience.(source)

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