Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: September 27, 1999

Statement on the Death of Oseola McCarty,
September 27, 1999

Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Oseola McCarty of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Ms. McCarty is a true American hero. In 1995 she donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for scholarships for needy students. The extraordinary thing about this gift was that Ms. McCarty accumulated the money from working 75 years washing and ironing people’s clothes.

I had the pleasure of awarding this extraordinary woman the Presidential Citizens’ Medal for her extraordinary act of generosity. While we mourn her passing, Oseola McCarty’s commitment to the dignity of work, her belief in the power of education, and her extraordinary generosity ensure that her memory will live on for generations to come. Our country needs more people like her, who don’t just talk about responsibility and community but who live those values everyday.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on the Death of Oseola McCarty, September 27, 1999," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 1, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680 Original Sources, accessed February 27, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=47VTX3HUHK26LNK.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on the Death of Oseola McCarty, September 27, 1999." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 1, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680, Original Sources. 27 Feb. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=47VTX3HUHK26LNK.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on the Death of Oseola McCarty, September 27, 1999' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 1, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680. Original Sources, retrieved 27 February 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=47VTX3HUHK26LNK.