Born in Arkansas.

On this day in 1946, 42nd U.S. President William Jefferson Blythe III was born in Hope, Arkansas. Bill’s father died in an accident before his birth and he took the last name of his stepfather, Roger Clinton. Inspired by meeting John F. Kennedy in the White House when he was a teenager, Clinton pursued a law degree and entered politics, becoming the governor of Arkansas at the age of 32.

Tennessee born Louisa Harrison Hatchett Greeson made this “Original Chrysanthemum in Pot” quilt around 1870 in Prescott, Arkansas (about 16 miles northeast of Hope). Greeson designed and handmade the quilt including dimensional applique. The quilt is part of the DAR Museum permanent collection.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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