President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope, Arkansas
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope, Arkansas | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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Visit the birthplace of the 42nd President of the United States at the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home. This small community in Arkansas has been made famous by President Clinton’s quote, “I still believe in a place called Hope”. Many memories of his childhood and family members still are scattered amongst the grounds and home of this historic site.

William Jefferson Blythe III was born in Hope, Arkansas at nearby Julia Chester Hospital on August 19, 1946. His mother Virginia Dell Cassidy had been living with her parents in the home that still stands today. Unfortunately, Bill’s father passed away in a car accident a few months before he was born in Sikeston, Missouri.

Virginia Cassidy trained in New Orleans as a nurse anesthetist and left her baby boy William to be raised by his grandparents. For the first four years of his life, William lived and played inside this home. His grandparents operated a grocery store in the city.

When his mother returned back from New Orleans in 1950, she married Roger Clinton Sr who lived and owned a car dealership in nearby Hot Springs. Bill moved to Hot Springs with his mother and step-father when he was four. It from was Roger Clinton Sr that William Blythe’s last name changed.

William Clinton’s grandparents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy lived in the home until their deaths. His father William, mother Edith and his grandparents are all buried in a family plot in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas.

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope, Arkansas
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope, Arkansas | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

The William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace is located on 117 S. Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official National Park website here.

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