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Ronald Wilson Reagan
40th President of the United States
(January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989)
Nicknames: "The Gipper"; "The Great Communicator"; "Dutch"
Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois
Died: June 5, 2004, in Los Angeles, California
Father: John Edward Reagan
Mother: Nelle Wilson Reagan
Married: Jane Wyman (1917-2007), on June 25, 1940 (divorced in 1948); Nancy Davis (1921-2016), on March 4, 1952
Children: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941-2001); Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945- ); Patricia Ann Reagan (1952- ); Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- )
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Education: Graduated from Eureka College (1932)
Occupation: Actor, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Governor of California, 1967-75
Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Presidential Election Results:
|| James E. Carter, Jr.
|| Gerald R. Ford
|| James E. Carter, Jr.
||John B. Anderson
||Walter F. Mondale
Vice President: George Bush (1981-89)
- Secretary of State
- Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1981-82)
- George P. Schultz (1982-89)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Donald T. Regan (1981-85)
- James A. Baker, III (1985-88)
- Nicholas F. Brady (1988-89)
- Secretary of Defense
- Caspar W. Weinberger (1981-87)
- Frank C. Carlucci (1987-89)
- Attorney General
- William French Smith (1981-85)
- Edwin Meese (1985-88)
- Dick Thornburgh (1988-89)
- Secretary of the Interior
- James G. Watt (1981-83)
- William P. Clark (1983-85)
- Donald P. Hodel (1985-89)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- John R. Block (1981-86)
- Richard E. Lyng (1986-89)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Malcolm Baldrige (1981-87)
- C. William Verity (1987-89)
- Secretary of Labor
- Raymond J. Donovan (1981-85)
- William Brock (1985-87)
- Ann Dore McLaughlin (1987-89)
- Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Richard S. Schweiker (1981-83)
- Margaret M. Heckler (1983-85)
- Otis R. Bowen (1985-89)
- Secretary of Education
- Terrel H. Bell (1981-85)
- William J. Bennett (1985-88)
- Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr. (1988-89)
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Samuel R. Pierce, Jr. (1981-89)
- Secretary of Transportation
- Andrew L. Lewis, Jr. (1981-83)
- Elizabeth H. Dole (1983-87)
- James H. Burnley (1987-89)
- Secretary of Energy
- James B. Edwards (1981-82)
- Donald P. Hodel (1982-85)
- John Herrington (1985-89)
- On March 30, shot in an assassination attempt by John W. Hinkley, Jr. outside of the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel.
- Ronald Reagan -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
- Compiled by the White House.
- Ronald Reagan -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta
- Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Robert J. Huckshorn of Florida Atlantic University and revised by Donald Young, author of American Roulette: The History and Dilemma of the Vice Presidency, along with suggestions for further reading.
- Ronald Reagan -- from The American President
- From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
- Ronald Reagan -- from Character Above All
- From a PBS broadcast of the same name, this essay excerpt by Peggy Noonan discusses some of the issues and events that molded Reagan.
- First Inaugural Address (1981)
- Second Inaugural Address (1985)
- Commencement at Eureka College (1957)
- A Time for Choosing ("The Speech") (1964)
- The Creative Society (1966)
- California and the Problem of Government Growth (1967)
- Republican National Convention (1976)
- Announcement for the Presidency (1979)
- Acceptance of Presidential Nomination (1980)
- President Reagan's Speech to the House of Commons (Evil Empire Speech) (1982)
- Defense and National Security (SDI) (1983)
- Bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut (1983)
- Soviet Attack on Korean Flight 007 (1983)
- President Reagan's Speech at Pointe de Hoc, Normandy, France (The 40th Anniversary of D-Day) (1984)
- President Reagan's Address at the U.S.-French Ceremony at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France (The 40th Anniversary of D-Day) (1984)
- President Reagan's Speech on the Challenger Disaster (1986)
- Tear Down this Wall (1987)
- President Reagan's Farewell Speech (1989)
- Former President Reagan's Speech at the National Republican Convention (1992)
- President Reagan's Speech on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative (1993)
- Reagan Announces Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (1994)
- From his first State of the Union address on January 26, 1982. (0:56)
- RealAudio | MP3 (445K)
- From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.
- President Reagan Farewell Address to the Nation
- AU (179K)
- President Reagan begins bombing in five minutes (0:08)
- AU (69K)
- More audio and video can be found at TheReaganLegacy.com.
- Audio & Video
- The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Ronald Reagan site
Other Internet Resources:
- Ronald Reagan Filmology
- From the Internet Movie Database, this list of Reagan screen credits includes, Code of the Secret Service (1939), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), and Bedtime for Bonzo (1951).
- Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Foundation
- Tourist information for the Library, calendar of events, and an online catalog of your favorite Reagan attire from the Museum. Located in Simi Valley, California.
- Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
- Location and hours of operation information, plus a description of the exhibits.
- The Reagan Ranch
- Dedicated to preserving Rancho del Cielo as it existed during Reagan's presidency. Programs exist to develop leadership skills for young men and women.
- A tribute to Reagan that includes audio, video, photos, speeches and a list of his humorous quotes.
- The Day Reagan Was Shot
- Transcripts from the White House Situation Room after Reagan was shot.
Points of Interest:
- At 69 years old, Reagan was the oldest elected president until the election of Donald Trump.
- At 93 years old, Reagan lived longer than any other president.
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