Hillary Clinton, Dorothy Rodham and Chelsea Clinton
Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, died Tuesday. She was 92.
Rodham died shortly after midnight in Washington, surrounded by her family, the Clintons said in a statement.
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A cause of death was not disclosed. Rodham Clinton had canceled a scheduled trip to London and Istanbul on Monday to stay with her mother.
The former first lady and U.S. senator had frequently credited her mother, who was a mainstay during her 2008 presidential campaign stops, for her success and drive in politics.
A Chicago native, Rodham was abandoned by her parents when she was 8 and was raised by her grandparents in California. She moved out on her own at 14 and worked as a nanny while still attending high school. She married traveling salesman Hugh Rodham in 1942 and had three children, including sons Hugh and Tony. Her husband died in 1993.
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"Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself," the Clintons said in a statement. "She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother."
Besides her children, Rodham is survived by her son-in-law, former President Bill Clinton; daughters-in-law Maria Rodham and Megan Rodham; and grandchildren Chelsea Clinton (and her husband Marc Mezvinsky), Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham.