Hillary Clinton's family tree


We all know Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton. But what about the extended Rodham and Clinton families?

Both Clintons have family members who haven’t been talked about much recently, and the family is expanding, with a second grandchild born this year.

Here’s a look at the Democratic presidential candidate's family and marital roots.

Hillary's parents, Dorothy Emma Howell and Hugh E. Rodham, married in 1942; they had Hillary in 1947. In her 2003 book "Living History," Hillary says her mother was "a homemaker whose days revolved around me and my two younger brothers" and her father "owned a small business."

Her father, who was born in Pennsylvania, died in 1993, and her mother, born in Chicago, died in 2011.

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Hillary has two younger brothers, Hugh Rodham Jr. (pictured standing behind Hillary) and Tony Rodham. Neither have played public roles in her recent campaign for president, though they both made headlines in the past.

The brothers were under fire in 1993, after Bill Clinton became president, when they were accused of taking corporate donations to fund inaugural parties for themselves, friends and family members.

A few years later, in 2001, Hugh was accused of taking about $400,000 from lobbyists. He also had an unsuccessful campaign for the Senate in 1994.

Tony Rodham has a son with his first wife Nicole Boxer, daughter of California Sen. Barbara Boxer. He also has two other children with his current wife, Megan.

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham met while at Yale back in the 1970s. The former president recalled their courtship, marriage and life together in a speech at the Democratic National Convention. His opening line? "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl."

Clinton said that he asked Hillary to marry him twice, but she said no. Then he bought a house she liked in Arkansas, and she finally said yes. They were married in their Fayetteville living room in 1975.

In 1980, the couple welcomed its first and only child, Chelsea.

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Bill was born William Jefferson Blythe III in Arkansas in 1946. He was named after his biological father, William Jefferson Blythe Jr., who died in a car accident just months before Bill's birth. His mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe (pictured above), married Roger Clinton in 1950. Bill would later take the last name of his stepfather.

According to Bill's 2004 autobiography "My Life," Roger Clinton owned a car dealership and his mother worked as a nurse. Bill also says in the book that Roger was an alcoholic and abusive toward his mother.

After Roger Clinton's death, Bill's mother married a man named Jeff Dwire, and after his death, she married a fourth time to a man named Richard Kelley. Each time, she took her new husband's name and died as Virginia Kelley in 1994.

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Roger Clinton and Bill's mother had their first and only child together in 1956. Roger Clinton Jr., born in 1956, 10 years after Bill, was the only sibling Bill knew about for years.

In the 1990s, however, investigations into Bill's family revealed that he had two other half-siblings, who were children of his late father, William Blythe. In "My Life," Bill says he and his mother did not know about his father's other marriages and children until the news stories circulated.

"The stories confirmed the things my mother and I knew," he wrote. "They also turned up a lot we didn't know, including the fact that my father had probably been married three times before he met Mother, and apparently had a least two more children."

Bill learned that his half-brother was Leon Blythe Ritzenthaler and his half-sister was Sharon Blythe Pettijohn.

Roger Clinton Jr. has two children. He is most known for being convicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1985, and attempting to win pardons for his friends.

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Hillary and Bill's only child was born in 1980. Chelsea (pictured with her parents in 1994) is currently vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, which was founded by her father.

Chelsea spoke on the final night of the Democratic National Convention about her "wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious" mother, portraying the presidential candidate as a doting, present mom and grandmother to Charlotte and Aidan.

"That feeling of being valued and loved, that's what my mom wants for every child. It is the calling of her life," she said.

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Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky, a money manager, in July of 2010. His parents have political pedigree as well: Mother Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky was a Pennsylvania congresswoman, and father Edward M. Mezvinsky was an Iowa congressman. (Credit: Getty Images / Paul Zimmerman)

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's daughter, Charlotte, was born in September 2014. "@BillClinton and I are over the moon to be grandparents! One of the happiest moments of our life," Hillary Clinton tweeted at the time.

Charlotte "loves blueberries, and above all she loves Facetiming with grandma," Chelsea Clinton said in her speech at the Democratic National Convention in July. She added that Hillary will "drop everything for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading Chugga Chugga Choo Choo with her granddaughter."

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The Clintons' second grandchild, Aidan, was born in June 2016. "We're a little biased but we think he's just about the cutest baby in the world," Chelsea Clinton said of her and her husband. "A view, I'm pretty sure my mom shares." (Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer)

 

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