Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was the fortieth President of the United States of America. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated January 20, 1981 and served until January 20, 1989. George H. W. Bush was his Vice President and succeeded his two terms as President. Ronald Reagan is consistently ranked highly in public opinion polls as having been an influential man and a great President. Historians rank his presidency fairly highly as well, even though aspects of his presidency are controversial.
Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and had an older brother. His father was a salesman and storyteller and the family moved around a lot before settling in Dixon, Illinois. After high school Ronald attended Eureka College. He was involved in a fraternity, sports, and theater, as well as, being elected student body president. He graduated in 1932.
A move and jobs in Iowa led him to traveling with the Chicago Cubs as a baseball announcer. This led to California and a contract with Warner Brothers as an actor. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1937 until 1945. Because of his poor eyesight, he had limits on his service. He continued his acting career as well. He achieved the rank of captain in his military career in 1943. He married actress Jane Wyman in 1940. They had two biological children and adopted a third. They divorced in 1949 due to her feelings against his duties with the Screen Actors Guild.
Ronald Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952. They had two children, a boy and a girl. Nancy and Ronald had what appeared to be a wonderful marriage. “The loves of each others’ lives.” They were together for over fifty years until his death in 2004.
In 1967 until 1975 he served as the Governor of California. He easily won the election to become President against incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980. During his first term he implemented new political and economic initiatives. Ronald and Nancy escalated the War on Drugs. Inflation was reduced during his two terms. Reagan increased military spending. During his second term the Cold War ended, however the bombing of Lybia and the Iran-Contra Affair occurred.
During and after his presidency Ronald Reagan received many awards and honors. He has been honored in other countries as well. Here he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom among other distinguished awards. In 1994 Ronald Reagan announced he had Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to make appearances, including his final public speech in 1994 during a tribute to him and his final public appearance later that year at Richard Nixon’s funeral. A National Day of Mourning was declared a few days after his death on June 5, 2004.
Be inspired by his presidency and his words: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” Have a bright day!