Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, followed a unique path to the White House. After successful careers as a radio sports announcer, Hollywood movie actor, and television host, he turned to politics and was elected governor… more life in brief » Essays about Ronald Reagan Life in Brief Life in Brief: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, followed a unique path to the White House. After successful careers as a radio sports announcer, Hollywood movie actor, and television host, he turned to politics and was elected governor of California in 1966, serving eight years. He ra… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the son of Jack and Nelle Reagan, was born in a small apartment above the Pitney General Store on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, His family, which included older brother Neil, moved to a succession of Illinois towns as his salesman father searched for a well-paying… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: Political Setting: Ronald Reagan was a leading force in national politics for a quarter century. He had an impact because he had deep convictions, star power, and political skills—and also because he arrived on the scene when the winds of change were blowing in the direction of conservatives. Tha…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: Reagan came to the presidency in 1981 with a straightforward and well-articulated domestic agenda. He promised to cut taxes, curb government spending, and balance the federal budget or at least reduce the deficit. His well-crafted Inaugural Address identified the major themes the new Preside…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: In his last debate with President Jimmy Carter in 1980, Ronald Reagan asked the American public: “Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that . . . we’re as strong as we were four years ago?” Throughout the campaign, Reagan made clear his belief that America's …Life After the Presidency Life After the Presidency: Ronald Reagan retired from the White House to a home in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Bel Air. For the next six years, he spent his time organizing his memoirs and supervising the creation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. He made headlines for accepting a $2…Family Life Family Life: President Reagan's typical day began with his arrival in the Oval Office at 9a.m. His briefing on national security affairs occurred shortly thereafter, usually lasting fewer than thirty minutes. Reagan usually worked in the office until a little after 5 p.m. and then returned to the residence q…Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: Ronald Wilson Reagan was a transformational President. His leadership and the symbiotic relationship he forged with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during their four summit meetings set the stage for a peaceful resolution of the Cold War. As the Soviet Union disappeared into the mists of history, Re… About His Administration First Lady Nancy Reagan Vice President George H. W. Bush Secretary of State George Shultz (1982–1989) Alexander Haig Jr. (1981–1982) Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci (1987–1989) Caspar Weinberger (1981–1987) Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel (1985–1989) William Clark (1983–1985) James Watt (1981–1983) Attorney General Richard Thornburgh (1988–1989) Edwin Meese (1985–1988) William French Smith (1981–1985) Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas F. Brady (1988–1989) James Baker (1985–1988) Donald Regan (1981–1985) Secretary of Health and Human Services Otis R. Bowen (1985–1989) Margaret Heckler (1983–1985) Richard Schweiker (1981–1983) Secretary of Labor Ann Dore McLaughlin (1987–1989) William Brock (1985–1987) Raymond Donovan (1981–1985) Secretary of Commerce C. William Verity (1987–1989) Malcolm Baldrige (1981–1987) Secretary of Agriculture Richard E. Lyng (1986–1989) John Block (1981–1986) Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos (1988–1989) William J. Bennett (1985–1988) Terrel H. Bell (1981–1984) Secretary of Energy John Herrington (1985–1989) Donald Hodel (1982–1985) James Edwards (1981–1982) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Samuel Pierce (1981–1989) Secretary of Transportion James Burnley (1987–1989) Elizabeth Dole (1983–1987) Andrew Lewis Jr. (1981–1983) Ronald Reagan Oral History Interviews Aram Bakshian, Jr. Lyn Nofziger Kenneth Khachigian Michael Deaver Paul Laxalt view all interviews » Facts about Ronald Reagan Term: 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) Born: February 6, 1911, Tampico, Illinois Political Party: Republican Died: June 05, 2004 Nickname: “Dutch,” “The Gipper,” “The Great Communicator” Education: Eureka College (1932) Religion: Christian Church Marriage: January 26, 1940, to Jane Wyman (1914–2007), divorced, 1948; March 4, 1952, to Nancy Davis (1923–2016) Children: Maureen Elizabeth (1941–2001); Michael Edward (1945–); Patricia Ann (1952–); Ronald Prescott (1958–) Career: Actor, Public Official Buried: Simi Valley, California WritingsWhere’s the Rest of Me? (1965); The Creative Society (1968); Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation (1984); Speaking My Mind (1989); An American Life (1990) Ronald Reagan Image Gallery More images » Featured video: Address from the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin Wall) (June 12, 1987) Presidential Speech Archive Citation Information Consulting Editor Lou Cannon Mr. Cannon is the author of nine books, five of them on Ronald Reagan, and has been called Reagan’s definitive biographer. As a journalist, he covered the Reagan presidency for The Washington Post and the Reagan governorship of California for the San Jose Mercury-News. His books on Reagan include: • Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy (Co-authored with Carl M. Cannon, PublicAffairs, 2008) • Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (PublicAffairs, 2003) • Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio (PublicAffairs, 2001) • President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (Simon and Schuster 1991, PublicAffairs, 2000) • Reagan (G.P. 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