Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

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President Ronald Wilson Reagan
Born in Tampico, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married to in Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church, Glendale, Californiamap
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Died in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States

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Quotes

"Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way." [1]

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." [2]

"I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world." [3]

Quotes on Ronald Reagan's faith.

Biography

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, to John and Nelle Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays.[4][5]

After graduating, Ronald moved first to Iowa, where he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.[6][7]

His first marriage was to actress Jane Wyman (1940–1949), they had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis (1952–2004), who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.[8]

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal before 1962 to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. He was the 33rd Governor of California in office January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975.[9][10]

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. He was the 40th President of the United States of America. He was elected to two terms in office, serving from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989.[11][12]

On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.[13]

"As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics", advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. He took a hard line against labor unions, announced a new War on Drugs, and ordered an invasion of Grenada. He was re-elected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming that it was "Morning in America".[14]

"His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran–Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire", he supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals."[15]

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism."[16]

In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later, June 5, 2004, at the age of 93.

Religion

According to Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan, Reagan had a particularly strong faith in the goodness of people, which stemmed from the optimistic faith of his mother, Nelle, and the Disciples of Christ faith, he was baptized into in 1922.[17][18]

The Reagans purchased a home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, after leaving office in 1989. They regularly attended Bel Air Presbyterian Church.[19]

Astrology: "Every morning Nancy and I turn to see what he has to say about people of our respective birth signs." -- 1965, from Reagan's autobiography Where's the Rest of Me?, regarding his "good friend" Hollywood astrologer Carroll Righter.[20]

Quotes on Ronald Reagan's faith.

Military service

Service/branch United States Army, Army Air Forces
Years of service: 1937–45
Rank: Captain[21]

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Citing this Record

WikiTree contributors, "Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)," WikiTree, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Reagan-1 (accessed April 16, 2014).

Acknowledgments

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Notes

Ronald Reagan Notes A work in progress. Lechner-18 15:39, 6 July 2013 (EDT)

Sources

Footnotes

  1. Ronald Reagan. Wikiquote contributors, "Ronald Reagan." mrl
  2. Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (30 March 1961). Wikiquote contributors, "Ronald Reagan." mrl
  3. -- Nationally televised address, (6 July 1976). Wikiquote contributors, "Ronald Reagan." mrl
  4. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  6. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  8. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  9. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  11. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  13. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  14. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  15. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl
  16. "Ronald Reagan, The Presidential biographies" WhiteHouse.gov mrl
  17. Wikipedia citing: Kengor, "God and Ronald Reagan," p. 16. mrl
  18. Wikipedia citing: Lewis, Warren and Rollmann, Hans, ed. (2005). Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century. Wipf and Stock. pp. 181–192. ISBN 1-59752-416-6. mrl
  19. Wikipedia citing: Netburn, Deborah (December 24, 2006). "Agenting for God". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2007. mrl
  20. Wikiquote contributors, "Ronald Reagan." mrl
  21. Wikipedia contributors, "Ronald Reagan," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ronald_Reagan&oldid=564374321 (accessed July 18, 2013). mrl




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