Death of John Paul Hammerschmidt

May 4, 1922 - April 1, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas | Age 92

Ex-congressman who gave Bill Clinton first defeat dies at 92
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By CLAUDIA LAUER, The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for political office, died Wednesday. He was 92.

Hammerschmidt first won election to Congress in 1966 — a milestone election year for the state's Republicans. Hammerschmidt's election, and Winthrop Rockefeller's as governor, were the first for Republicans in those seats since Reconstruction. The...

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