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Bill Clinton Named 'Father Of The Year' By National Father's Day Council

Former President Bill Clinton will be honored as a "father of the year" by the The National Father’s Day Council this coming June, the Council announced Wednesday.

In a press release highlighting Clinton's philanthropy through the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative -- and as the U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti -- National Father’s Day Committee chairman Dan Orwig commended the politician and philanthropist for his "profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations."

On its website, The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council says it is dedicated to "promot[ing] the celebration, observation, and preservation of the holidays Mother's Day and Father's Day by focusing on the value of good sound parenting" -- particularly by "highlighting and contributing to charities and contemporary issues that affect Mothers, Fathers, and Families."

The former president and father-of-one (daughter Chelsea is now 32 years old) joins a long and eclectic list of former honorees -- "contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture" ranging from Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy to Humphrey Bogart, Yogi Berra, Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Wolf Blitzer.

The 72nd Annual Father of the Year Awards will take place on June 11 in New York, and will benefit Save The Children.

The full list of this year's honorees hasn't been released yet. May we humbly suggest some less famous contenders?

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1947
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2
1950s
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1950s
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1952
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1960s
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1963
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1978
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1979
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9
1988
NBC
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1992
Time & Life
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1992
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1992
Time & Life
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1992
Time & Life
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1992
AFP
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1992
Getty
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1992
AFP
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
Time & Life
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1992
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1992
Time & Life
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1992
AFP
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1992
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1993
Time & Life
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1993
AFP
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1993
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1993
Time & Life
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1993
Hulton
41
1993
Time & Life
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1993
Time & Life
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1993
AFP
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1993
Time & Life
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1993
Time & Life
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1993
WireImage
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1994
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1994
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1994
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1994
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1994
Time & Life
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1995
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1995
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1996
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1996
AFP
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1996
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1996
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1996
AFP
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1996
AFP
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1998
The Washington Post
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1998
AFP
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1998
New York Daily News
76
1999
AFP
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1999
AFP
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2000
AFP
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2000
AFP
80
2001
WireImage
81
2003
WireImage
82
2005
Getty
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2005
Getty
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2006
Hulton Archive
85
2007
Getty
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2008
Getty
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2008
Getty
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2009
AFP
89
2010
AFP
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2011
Getty
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2010
AFP
92
2011
CBS
93
2011
FilmMagic
94
2012
Getty
95
2015
NurPhoto via Getty Images
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2016
Johnny Louis via Getty Images
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2016
MICHAEL B. THOMAS via Getty Images
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2016
Alessio Botticelli via Getty Images
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2016
Drew Angerer via Getty Images