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Ronald Wilson Reagan
40th President of the United States
Nicknames: "The Gipper"; "The Great Communicator"; "Dutch"
Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois
Father: John Edward Reagan
Mother: Nelle Wilson Reagan
Married:Jane Wyman (1917-2007), on June 25, 1940 (divorced in 1948); Nancy Davis (1923- ), 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
|Year||Popular Votes||Electoral Votes|
|1976||James E. Carter, Jr.||40,827,394||297|
|Gerald R. Ford||39,145,977||240|
|James E. Carter, Jr.||34,964,583||49|
|John B. Anderson||5,588,014||—|
|Walter F. Mondale||36,930,923||13|
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)
Supreme Court Appointments:
- Chief Justice
- William H. Rehnquist (1986-2005)
- Associate Justice
- Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2006)
- Antonin Scalia (1986- )
- Anthony M. Kennedy (1988- )
- On March 30, Reagan was 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 American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
- Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
- 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)
- 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)
- From his first State of the Union address on January 26, 1982. (0:56)
- MP3 (445K)
- From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
- Audio & Video
- The American Presidency Projects’s Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Ronald Reagan site
- Ronald Reagan Filmology— from the Internet Movie Database
- List of Reagan screen credits including 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 Day Reagan Was Shot
- Transcripts from the White House Situation Room after Reagan was shot.
- Reagan was the fifth left-handed president of the United States.
- At 69 years old, Reagan was the oldest elected president.
- At 93 years old, Gerald R. Ford and Ronald W. Reagan lived longer than any other U.S. President. Ford lived longer than Reagan did. Note: these figures came from entering each president’s birth and death dates into the “Date Duration” tool found on timeanddate.com (http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html.)
- In the 1980 election, Reagan won in 46 out of 50 states. The only states he did not win in were Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, or West Virginia. He also did not win the District of Columbia.
- In the 1984 election, Reagan won in 49 out of 50 states. The only state he did not win in was Minnesota, and he lost by a very small margin there. He also did not win the District of Columbia.
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