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Former President Bill Clinton recounts their time together in Northwest Arkansas
On the night in which delegates at the Democratic National Convention officially nominated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the party's candidate for president of the United States, former President Bill Clinton recalled the couple's early days, including their first house where they eventually married -- now the Clinton House Museum.
By formally securing the nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in the United States to lead a major party's ticket for the White House.
As the keynote speaker Tuesday, Bill Clinton shared stories about their life together in Arkansas, first recounting their time in Fayetteville. Both Clintons taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law and Secretary Clinton founded the first legal aid clinic in Northwest Arkansas before Bill became attorney general. They then would go on to serve as the state's governor and first lady.
In the speech President Clinton said:
“[O]ne day I was driving her to the airport to fly back to Chicago when we passed this little brick house that had a for sale sign on it. And she said, boy, that’s a pretty house. It had 1,100 square feet, an attic, fan and no air conditioner in hot Arkansas, and a screened-in porch.
“Hillary commented on what a uniquely designed and beautiful house it was. So I took a big chance. I bought the house. My mortgage was $175 a month.
“When she came back, I picked up her up and I said, you remember that house you liked? She said yeah. I said, while you were gone I bought it, you have to marry me now.
The third time was the charm.”
They were wed in a small ceremony in the living room with family and a few friends in 1975 at their home located at 930 W. Clinton Dr. (formerly California Blvd). The house now serves as the Clinton House Museum. It contains many pieces of rarely seen Clinton election memorabilia and a faithful replica of Hillary's wedding dress.