Ronald Wilson Reagan

In office: 1981-1989

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 

Before Ronald Wilson Reagan became the President of the United States, he had made over 50 movies. As an actor, he carried over his public speaking skills to his presidency.

He was born on February 6th in Tampico, Illinois.

After finishing high school, Reagan studied business and sociology at  Eureka College in Illinois. He started his professional career as a sports commentator and made connections to the acting world. From 1945 to 1957 he worked as an actor until he became the governor of California in 1966.  

Wife: Jane Wyman (1917-2007), Married on 25 June 1940 (Divorced 1948); Nancy Davis (1923- ), Married on 4 March 1952

Children: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941-2001), Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945-), Patricia Ann Reagan (1952-), Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958-)

Profession: Actor

Party: Republican

Results of the presidential election

 Year    Popular Vote
 Electoral Vote
 1980  Ronald Reagan  43,267,489  489
   James E. Carter, Jr.  34,964,583  49
   John B. Anderson  5,588,014  -
 1984  Ronald Reagan  53,428,357  525
   Walter F. Mondale  36,930,923  13

 

Interesting facts:
Ronald Reagan
- was the fifth left-handed president
- at the age of 69, he was the oldest man to be elected US President
- won 46 from 50 states in the Electoral College in 1980 (he didn't win Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota and West Virginia) 
- won 49 from 50 states in the Electoral College in 1984 (he failed to win over Minnesota)

Nicknames: The Gipper", "The Great Communicator", "Dutch"

"A people free to choose will always choose peace." (Ronald Wilson Reagan)

 

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