Hillary Clinton may well be the most "known" politician in the world.

She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been on the national stage for more than two decades -- traveling from Arkansas to the White House to the Senate to the 2008 campaign trail and finally to the State Department. During that time, every look and utterance from Hillary has been examined, then examined again, then analyzed, then overanalyzed.

That's why this series of photos -- shot by LIFE magazine in 1969 as part of a feature on outstanding college students -- is so fascinating. It captures Clinton before she became "HILLARY CLINTON".

LIFE let us have two pictures from their Clinton shoot. You can check all of them out here.

* Clinton, gesturing.

Lee Balterman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

*Clinton, gesturing (part 2)