Ronald Reagan Biography

Ronald Reagan Biography

Ronald Reagan's Childhood and Education

Ronald Reagan was born to John Edward “Jack” Reagan, a shoe salesman and Nelle Wilson Reagan mother, on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. Ronal Reagan worked at various jobs while growing up. He was taught by his mother at the age of five. He studied at local public schools. He got enrolled at Eureka College in Illinois where he made average grades. He graduated in 1932. He married Jane Wyman, an actress on January 26, 1940 but divorced on June 28, 1948.  He married his second wife Nancy Davis, also an actress on March 4, 1952.

Ronald Reagan's Career Prior to the Presidency

Reagan head started his career in the capacity of a radio announcer in 1932. In 1937, he became an actor and moved to Hollywood to make nearly fifty movies. Reagan was elected the president of Screen Actors Guild in 1947 and carried on the responsibility until 1952 and then again from 1959-60. From 1967-75, Reagan served as the Governor of California.

World War II and Becoming President

Reagan was the Army from 1942-45. Reagan was the ideal choice for the Republican nomination in 1980. George Bush was elected to run as his vice president. He received a stiff opposition from President Jimmy Carter. Reagan won with 51% of the vote.

Life After the Presidency

Reagan retired after serving his second presidency term in office to California. In 1994, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and later died of pneumonia on June 5, 2004.

Historical Significance

Reagan's largest contribution was role in bringing down the Soviet Union. His massive accumulation of weapons which the USSR could not match and his good relation with Premier Gorbachev enabled to welcome a new era of openness which ultimately lead the breakup of the USSR into individual states. His presidency was besmirched by the events of the Iran-Contra Scandal.

Events and Accomplishments of Ronald Reagan’s Presidency

On March 30, 1981, six rounds were shot by John Hinckley, Jr. at Reagan. One of the bullets caused a collapsed lung.  Reagan adopted an economic policy where the tax deduction aimed to assist increase savings, investment and spending.

One of the biggest blots on Reagan's second administration was the Iran-Contra Scandal. It was believed that in exchange for selling arms to Iran, funds would be offered to the revolutionary Contras in Nicaragua. Nonetheless, Reagan had always told that America would never negotiate with terrorists.

One other important event that took place during Reagan's administration was the developing relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Reagan bonded with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev who created a new spirit of openness. This eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union during President George H.W. Bush’s presidency.

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