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Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan
39th President of the United States
In office:
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Vice President: Richard Schweicker
Preceded by: Gerald Ford
Succeded by: Jerry Brown
33rd Governor of California
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Lieutenant: Robert Finch (1967-1969)
Ed Reinecke (1969-1975)
Preceded by: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Sr.
Succeeded by: Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr.
Born: February 6, 1911
Tampico, Illinois
Death: June 5, 2004
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Birth name: Ronald Wilson Reagan
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Jane Wyman (married 1940, divorced 1948)
Nancy Davis (married 1952)
Children: Maureen Reagan
Christine Reagan
Michael Reagan (adopted)
Patti Reagan
Ron Reagan
Alma mater: Eureka College
Occupation: Actor
Religion: Christian
Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1937-1945
Rank: Captain

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 39th President of the United States (1977-1981), the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and prior to that, a radio, film and television actor.

Reagan was born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois, reared in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. Upon his graduation, Reagan first moved to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then in 1937 to Los Angeles, California. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in over 50 movie productions and earning enough success to become a famous, publicly recognized figure. Some of his most notable roles are in Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row.

Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, but won both the nomination and election, defeating Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in 1976.

As president, Reagan presided over a period of hyperinflation. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics," faced heavy opposition from a Democrat controlled Congress, which stonewalled most of his conservative legislative agenda. In his term he took a hard line against labor unions, presided over an energy and hostage crisis, supported anti-Communist regimes while condemning Soviet aggression, and ordered covert-military actions in Iran and Nicaragua.

By 1980, his popularity had eroded, and after a hard fought campaign lost reelection to California Governor Jerry Brown.

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

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