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Congressman who beat Clinton dies

Published 02/04/2015

Mr Hammerschmidt spent two decades in Congress before retiring in 1993 (AP)
Mr Hammerschmidt spent two decades in Congress before retiring in 1993 (AP)

John Paul Hammerschmidt, the long-time Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for political office, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Hammerschmidt spent two decades in Congress before retiring in 1993.The Roller-Christeson Funeral Home in Harrison confirmed that he died early today.

Mr Hammerschmidt was elected to Congress in 1966, becoming Arkansas' first Republican congressman since Reconstruction. Eight years later, he defeated Mr Clinton for re-election, handing the future president one of only two political defeats.

During his 26 years in Congress, he sponsored legislation creating the Buffalo National River, protecting the area from overdevelopment.

Mr Hammerschmidt operated a lumber and business supply company before being elected to represent the 3rd Congressional District in heavily Republican north-western Arkansas.

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