Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Timeline of Hillary Clinton, a former United States Secretary of State, Senator from New York, and First Lady of the United States. She is a prominent figure in American politics, known for her advocacy on issues such as healthcare and womens rights.


October 26, 1947


Chicago, Illinois, United States


Former United States Secretary of State, former United States Senator from New York, former First Lady of the United States, and attorney.


Democratic Party


Yale Law School and Wellesley College


26 October 1947

Birth of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised in a United Methodist family, first in Chicago and then, from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois.


31 May 1969

Graduation from Wellesley College

Hillary Rodham graduated from Wellesley College on May 31, 1969, where she was the first student in Wellesley College history to deliver their commencement address. Her speech received a seven-minute standing ovation and was featured in Life magazine.


01 January 1973

Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School

Hillary Rodham earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale Law School in 1973, where she met Bill Clinton, her future husband, and was also a staff attorney for Edelman's newly founded Children's Defense Fund.


11 October 1975

Marriage to Bill Clinton

Hillary Rodham married Bill Clinton on October 11, 1975, at their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bill Clinton was then an aspiring politician and law professor in Arkansas.


20 January 1993

First Lady of the United States

Hillary Clinton became the First Lady of the United States on January 20, 1993, following her husband Bill Clinton's inauguration as the 42nd President of the United States. She served in this role until January 20, 2001.


07 November 2000

Election to the U.S. Senate

On November 7, 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady to win a public office seat. She represented New York state from January 3, 2001, to January 21, 2009.


21 January 2009

67th U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton was sworn in as the 67th United States Secretary of State on January 21, 2009, serving under President Barack Obama. She held this office until February 1, 2013.


26 July 2016

Presidential Nominee of the Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party on July 26, 2016, at the Democratic National Convention. She won the popular vote in the subsequent election but lost the Electoral College to Donald Trump.


12 September 2017

Release of 'What Happened'

Hillary Clinton released her memoir 'What Happened' on September 12, 2017, in which she discusses her perspective on the events of the 2016 presidential election.

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