Ronald Reagan

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40th President Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989

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 (1883-1941)
Mother: Nelle Wilson Reagan (1883-1962)
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:

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1976Jimmy Carter40,827,394297
(map)Gerald R. Ford39,145,977240
Ronald Reagan1

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1980Ronald Reagan43,267,489489
(map)Jimmy Carter34,964,58349
John B. Anderson5,588,014

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1984Ronald Reagan53,428,357525
(map)Walter Mondale36,930,923 13

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)

Supreme Court Justices:
Sandra Day O'Connor (1981-2006)
William Rehnquist, Chief (1986-2005)
Antonin Scalia (1986-2016)
Anthony Kennedy (1988-2018)

Notable Events:
Internet Biographies:
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 Encyclopaedia Britannica
Facts about Reagan and his presidency.
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.
Other Internet Resources:
Health and Medical History of Ronald Reagan
Medical background of each president with references. Compiled by John Sotos, MD.
Reviewed Biographies of Ronald Reagan
In 2012, Stephen Floyd started his search for the best biography of each president. He usually has reviews of multiple biographies for each president.
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:

40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065

217 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101

6370 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Washington Hilton

2000 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

816 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, IL 61021

111 S Main St, Tampico, IL 61283

Additional Facts:
  • 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.
  • In 1981, Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court.
  • Reagan saved an estimated 77 lives while a lifeguard at a local Illinois park.
  • Reagan was the first president to be the head of a union (the Screen Actors Guild).
  • Reagan was the first president to visit the New York Stock Exchange while in office.
  • Reagan was the first president to invoke Section 3 of the 25th Amendment.
  • Reagan was the first president to attend and open an Olympic Games while in office.
  • Reagan was the first president to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Reagan was the first president to nominate a Hispanic-American to a Cabinet position. Lauro Cavazos served as Secretary of Education.

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

“America is too great for small dreams.”

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”

“Trust, but verify.”

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