I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. He served from January 20, 1981 until January 20, 1989. He was, also, an actor, sports commentator, and politician.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois He had one brother. His family moved around a lot when he was young. He attended Dixon High School before attending and then graduating from Eureka College. He majored in Economics and was involved in many aspects of campus life. In 1932, he moved to Iowa and was an announcer on several radio stations. He traveled to California and wound up with a seven-year contract to Warner Brothers.
In 1937, he enlisted in the USAAF. He served until 1945 and achieved the rank of captain. His unit produced training films. Before World War II, he was on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild and he resumed service becoming its vice-president in 1946. In 1947, he became its president. After starring in several films, he had roles on television.
Ronald Reagan married actress Jane Wyman in 1940. They had three children, although one died when only a day old. They divorced in 1949. They stayed friends after the divorce. He met actress Nancy Davis in 1949. Ronald and Nancy married in 1952. They had two children, a boy and a girl.
Reagan considered himself a Democrat until becoming a Republican in 1962. In 1967, he became the Governor of California. He continued in this position until 1975. He tried to become President a couple times before succeeding in 1981.
Reaganomics was what people termed his supply-side economics during his Presidency. He served two terms which included the end of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the Iran-Contra affair. His approval ratings were high when he left office and historical rankings continue to be high.
After leaving office, Reagan stayed politically active. In 1991, the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library was opened in California. In 1992, The Ronald Reagan Freedom Award was established. His final public speech was made in 1994. Also in 1994, Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease took its toll on him and he and Nancy became more isolated. He fell and broke a hip in 2001. Pneumonia complicated by Alzheimer’s took his life in 2004. Services and tributes occurred in California, Washington, D.C., and around the world. Ronald Reagan was interred in the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library following services.
Ronald Reagan gained several nicknames during his life. One was Dutch, which his father gave him while he was young. The Gipper became a nickname of his after one of his acting roles. The Great Communicator resulted from his ability to communicate with others. Nancy called him Ronnie.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!