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