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Hugh E. Rodham
Born April 2, 1911
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Died April 7, 1993 (aged 82)
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Known for Father of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Spouse(s) Dorothy Howell Rodham
Children Hillary, Hugh, Tony

Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (April 2, 1911–April 7, 1993) was an American textile wholesaler and father of former New York Senator, former First Lady and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.



He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Hugh Rodham (1879–1965) and Hannah Jones (1882–1952),[1] British immigrants descended from a line of coal miners from Co. Durham and Wales.[2][3]

Rodham attended the Pennsylvania State University and was a third-string tight end for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team.[4] He joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.[2] He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education[2] from the College of Education in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression.

He briefly worked for his father's employer, Scranton Lace Company,[5] then freighthopped to Chicago without telling his parents.[2] Rodham found work there selling drapery fabrics around the Midwest, sending the money he made back home.[2]

In 1937, he met Dorothy Emma Howell, who was applying for a job at a textile company that Rodham was making a sales call at.[2][5] After a lengthy courtship, they married in early 1942.[2] Rodham enlisted in the United States Navy, where he became a Chief Petty Officer stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station, performing training duties for sailors headed for the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.[2]

After the war, he began what was to prove to be a very successful career in the textile supply industry, starting with Rodrik Fabrics, a drapery fabric business located in Chicago's famous Merchandise Mart building.[2] He made drapes and window shades; his customers included offices, hotels, airlines, and theatres.[4] He later opened a fabric print plant building on the North Side.[2] Rodham tried politics once, running for Chicago alderman as an independent in 1947; he lost badly to the Richard J. Daley political machine that he was hoping to ingratiate himself with.[4]

The Rodhams had three children: Hillary (born 1947), Hugh (born 1950), and Tony (born 1954). In 1950, they moved to the more affluent Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois.[2] The family still maintained ties to Scranton; all three children were christened there, and they spent summers at a cottage overlooking Lake Winola located in Overfield Township in the nearby Pocono Mountains,[2][5] that he and his father had built themselves in 1921.[6]

Rodham was a staunch supporter of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign and remained a committed Republican until his death. Even after his daughter married Democrat Bill Clinton, he (according to Bill Clinton) "never gave up hope that his son-in-law would join him in the Republican Party and support a cut in the capital gains tax."[7] In late 1992, following Bill Clinton's election as president, Rodham made a cameo appearance on the television comedy Hearts Afire, whose producers were friends of the Clintons.[8]

Hugh Rodham died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 7, 1993, three weeks after suffering a stroke.[8] Following a private memorial service in Little Rock attended by the Clintons, he was buried in the Washburn Street Cemetery, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in a private funeral also attended by the Clinton family.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Ancestry of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Living History. Simon & Schuster, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-2224-5. pp. 4-9.
  3. ^ Anna Mikhailova (2006-06-25). "Hillary traces roots to Durham". London: The Sunday Times.,,2087-2242236_1,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ a b c Bernstein, Carl (2007). A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-3754-0766-9.   pp. 16–18.
  5. ^ a b c "Reader Q&A", The Times-Tribune, June 19, 2007. Accessed July 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Larry King (2008-03-08). "Sen. Hillary Clinton's girlhood home (sort of)". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  7. ^ AllPolitics - Candidates - Democrats
  8. ^ a b c Pace, Eric (1993-04-08). "Hugh Rodham Dies After Stroke; Father of Hillary Clinton Was 82". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  

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