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Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham’s Love Story


Read the love story of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham. From their first meeting at the library at Yale to their wedding day at their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

How they met: Bill and Hillary met in 1970 at the Yale University law school library. Hillary noticed Bill looking over at her, and eventually she walked up to him and said, “If you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced.” Bill was so nervous at the time, he forgot his own name. A few days later, the couple went on their first date — to an art gallery exhibiting Mark Rothko.

The proposal: After graduating from law school in 1973, Bill took Hillary on her first trip to Europe. While vacationing in England, Bill proposed on the shores of Ennerdale. Hillary declined the proposal saying she loved him but needed time. Bill proposed again but Hillary said no.

When they returned from Europe, Hillary moved to Arkansas to find a job. She didn’t have much luck and decided to go home to visit family. On the way to the airport, the couple passed a modest brick house in the university district with a for sale sign. Hillary mentioned she liked the house. When she returned a few weeks later, Bill told her he had bought it. He said that he couldn’t live in it by himself, and that he hoped she would marry him. That time Hillary said yes.

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The wedding: The couple were married at their new home in Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 11, 1975. The small, intimate ceremony was attended by 15 guests. Hillary wore a lace gown by Jessica McClintock that she purchased at Dillard’s. The vows were officiated by a local Methodist minister.

Following the nuptials, several hundred friends joined the newlyweds for a backyard reception held at the home of Morris and Ann Henry.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico courtesy of Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.

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