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Here’s the first story the Washington Post ever wrote about Hillary Clinton. In 1969.

The former first lady, secretary of state, 2016 hopeful and grandmother-to-be was making waves long before she appeared on the national political stage. Digging through The Washington Post archives, we found the first-ever mention of Hillary Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, in The Post on June 8, 1969.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers her Simmons College Leadership Conference keynote address at the Seaport World Trade Center Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The article, published a few days after Rodham's graduation from Wellesley College, is about her commencement address.  Her speech was a political, and apparently controversial, one. Graduating students did not traditionally speak at commencement, and she discussed poverty and student protests, apparently causing shock (and an "open conflict") among the older alumnae.

The story also includes a description of the graduating Hillary Rodham as "cheerful and good company."


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