Chris Calle (American, B. 1961) "William Jefferson Clinton" Signed lower right. Original Mixed Media painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for the U.S. Inauguration, cancelled January 20, 1997.
Born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946, William Jefferson Clinton experienced his first election during his high school years when he was chosen to serve as a senator in Boys Nation. Sponsored by the American Legion in Washington, D.C., this group was privileged to visit the White House and meet President John F. Kennedy. Young Clinton's positive experience in Washington was a deciding factor in his desire to pursue a career in politics. Graduating from Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University in 1968, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. Clinton met Hillary Rodham, his future wife and First Lady, at Yale Law School before graduating in 1973. He returned to Arkansas in 1974 and unsuccessfully ran for a seat in Congress, but was elected state attorney general in 1976. Clinton went on to become governor of Arkansas in 1978. Although he was not re-elected two years later, he reclaimed the office in 1982. Nominated for president by the Democratic Party in 1992, Clinton soundly defeated Republican incumbent George Bush. During his first term, he responded to various issues, including health care and welfare reform, and a balanced budget. He also enacted far-reaching crime legislation. Clinton was re-elected in 1996 when he ran against Republican candidate Bob Dole. The United States Commemorative Cover bears the postmark of Clinton's home town of Hope, Arkansas, and the date of his second inauguration as President of the United States, January 20, 1997.
Image Size: 13.5 x 10.5 in.
Overall Size: 23.25 x 18 in.
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