William Jefferson Blythe III is born in Hope, Arkansas to Virginia Cassidy Blythe and William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. His father dies in a car accident before he is born. Clinton spends some of his childhood growing up with his grandparents, who were strict yet instilled in him the importance of education. He attributes his commitment to learning from his grandparents,
They taught me to count and read. I was reading little books when I was 3.
After being reunited with his mother, she marries Roger Clinton and Bill takes on the Clinton last name. From this marriage comes Bill’s half brother, Roger Clinton Jr.