Ronald Wilson Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911 - 2004)

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President Ronald Wilson Reagan
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Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
39th President
Jimmy Carter

Preceded by
32nd Governor

Pat Brown
Ronald Reagan
40th President
of the United States
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33rd Governor
of California
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Succeeded by
41st President
George Bush

Succeeded by
34th Governor

Jerry Brown



"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]


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. April 29, 1937 he enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserves as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry in Iowa. He was then appointed in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937, and assigned to the 323rd Cavalry on June 18. He first went onto active duty on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, so he was ineligible for over seas duty. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation at Fort Manson, California, as a liaison officer of the Port and Transportation Office. Upon the approval of the Army Air Forces, he applied for a transfer from the Cavalry to the AAF on May 15, 1942, and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and subsequently to the first motion picture base in Culver City. On January 14, 1943 he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He then returned to the first motion picture unit and was promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943. In January 1944, Captain Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the sixth War Loan Drive. He was reassigned to the 18th AAF Base Unit on November 14, 1944 where he remained until the end of WWII. He was recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17th of that year. He returned to Fort MacArthur in California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF. His reserve was terminated on April 1, 1953. [6]

A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.[7][8]

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.[9]

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.

In 1963 he became an honorary member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Alpha Zeta Chapter at University of Southern California.

He was the 33rd Governor of California in office January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975.[10][11]

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.[12][13]

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.[14]

"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".[15]

"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."[16]

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."[17]

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.


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.[18][19]

The Reagans purchased a home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, after leaving office in 1989. They regularly attended Bel Air Presbyterian Church.[20]

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.[21]

Military service

United States Army, Army Air Forces
Years of service: 1937–45
Rank: Captain[22]



Ronald W Reagan Presidential Library,
Simi Valley, Ventura County, California, USA
Find A Grave: Memorial #4244
GPS: Latitude: 34.25899, Longitude: -118.82046

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  18. Wikipedia citing: Kengor, "God and Ronald Reagan," p. 16. mrl
  19. 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
  20. Wikipedia citing: Netburn, Deborah (December 24, 2006). "Agenting for God". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2007. mrl
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Ronald Reagan with his brother Neil
Ronald Reagan with his brother Neil


On 23 Aug 2017 at 04:50 GMT Magnus Sälgö wrote:

Source ""Military Service of Ronald Reagan" has syntax errors it doesnt display well....

On 18 Oct 2016 at 19:25 GMT Jill (Turkington) Lee wrote:

Shouldn't this profile be set to open?

I seriously recommend that you check out your facts on Wikipedia.

You have left out Ronald's older brother, Neil, who was notable in his own right.

You have their paternal ancestral last name as Reagan, but Michael changed it from O'Regan while in London.

Haven't checked further, yet.

On 16 Sep 2014 at 21:57 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

Please add me to the trusted list so that I can add the category for Eureka College.

Ronald Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932 with a degree in economics and sociology I have sent a request and parivate message Thank you.

On 20 Aug 2014 at 05:26 GMT Matt Pryber wrote:

On 25 May 2014 at 08:33 GMT R. (Geleick) G. wrote:

Pity this profile was not set to open privacy for the profile of the week themed contest for actors.

Ronald is 20 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 50 degrees from Stephen Hawking, 21 degrees from Jamie Nelson and 15 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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