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President Clinton’s stepfather dies at 91

February 1, 2007

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— Richard Kelley, stepfather of former President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at his home in Hot Springs. He was 91.

Kelley, a retired salesman, had been in declining health in recent weeks, and the former president visited him Monday.

Kelley ran a food brokerage business for many years in Little Rock before retiring in 1992. He met Clinton's mother at a horse racing track, and they married in 1982. It was his second marriage and her fourth.

At the time, Clinton was preparing for a campaign to regain the Arkansas governor's office.

"I would come to love Dick Kelley and grow ever more grateful for the happiness he brought Mother, and me," Clinton wrote in his memoir, "My Life."

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