Bapti40th President of the United States
(January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989)
Full Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan
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- ); Christine Reagan (1947); Patricia Ann Reagan (1952- ); Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- )
Religion: Baptized Disciples of Christ; converted to Presbyterian
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:
Vice President: George H. W. 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 F. Smith (1981-85)
Edwin Meese (1985-88)
Dick Thornburgh (1988-89)
- Secretary of the Interior
- James G. Watt (1981-83)
William P. Clark, Jr. (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, Jr. (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 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.
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- First Inaugural Address (1981)
- Second Inaugural Address (1985)
- A Time for Choosing ("The Speech") (1964)
- President Reagan's Speech to the House of Commons (Evil Empire Speech) (1982)
- 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)
- 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)
Other Internet Resources:
- Ronald Reagan Birthplace
- Learn about Reagan's life in Tampico, Illinois. He was born in an apartment above the local bank.
- Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
- Reagan lived in Dixon, Illinois from ages ten to twenty-two. This is the first house they moved to in the city.
- 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 & Institute
- This site includes the presidential library and museum. 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.
- 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. Part of the Reagan Ranch Center.
- 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.
- Reagan enjoyed jelly beans. His favorite flavor was licorice.
- Reagan was a Democrat before officially switching parties in 1962.
- Reagan was the first divorcee elected president.
- Reagan saved an estimated 77 lives while a lifeguard at a local Illinois park.