Ronald Reagan
40th President of the United States

(1981 - 1989)
Vice President: George Bush
  Ronald Reagan giving campaign speech at a Reagan-Bush rally September 12, 1984 Endicott, New York.
  Ronald and Nancy Reagan 1960s Newport Beach, California.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan on horseback, Nancy holds "Just Say No" sign for photographer September 6, 1986 Rancho del Cielo, Santa Barbara, California.

Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II horseback riding June 8, 1982 Windsor Castle, England.

  Ronald, Nancy, Patti and Ron Jr. Reagan at their home.  

President: Ronald Reagan

Wife: Jane Wyman (1914- ), on June 25, 1940 (divorced in 1948); Nancy Davis (1923- ), on March 1, 1952

Kids: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941- ); Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945- ); Patricia Ann Reagan (1952- ); Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- )

Pets: Rex, a King Charles spaniel; Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres sheepdog

Bio: Ronald Wilson Reagan, (1911- ), was the 40th President Of The United States. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, on Feb. 6, 1911. After graduating from Eureka College, near his home, Reagan worked as a sports announcer for a 2 radio stations in Iowa. In 1937 Reagan took a trip to California to cover baseball spring training, and was signed by Warner Brothers for his film debut as a radio announcer in Love Is on the Air. That began a film career that spanned 3 decades, ending in 1964.

In 1942, he stopped making films for the 3 years in which he served in the U.S. Army. Afterward, he began considering life in politics. Although he had been raised as a Democrat, his political beliefs turned conservative in the early 1950's. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, whom he met while working on a movie. They had two children. Then, Reagan joined the Republican party in 1962.

His popularity as an actor helped to promote his aspiring political career, and Reagan won the governorship of California. The focus of his administration were taxes and government spending, welfare reform, and higher education.

After 2 failed attempts at garnering the Republican nomination, he won the New Hampshire primary, and eventually the nomination over the front runner, George Bush. He then chose Bush as his running mate. Reagan became known for his strong stance against Russia, his "trickle-down economics" and the new age of prosperity it seemed to initiate. The attempted assassination in 1981 barely seemed to faze him and he was considered a strong president.

The 1980s was a turbulent decade and Reagan handled it all with poise and conviction. His critics were many, claiming he was a heartless bully, but overall he was a highly regarded, popular president.

He retired to his ranch in California, where he lives with his wife Nancy and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

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