Ronald Reagan

Presidental Smore Project


Ronald Reagan, born in Tampico, Illinois, on February 6, 1911. During Reagen's early childhood, his family lived in a series of towns, finally settling in Dixon, Illinois, in 1920. In 1928, Ronald Reagan graduated from Dixon High School, where he was an athlete and student body president and performed in school plays. Enrolling at Eureka College in Illinois on an athletic scholarship, Reagan majored in economics and sociology. After graduating in 1932, he found work as a radio sports announcer in Iowa. He initially chose a career in entertainment, appearing in more than 50 films. While in Hollywood, he served as president of the Screen Actor's Guild. He served two terms as governor of California. Originally a liberal Democrat, Reagan ran for the U.S. presidency as a conservative Republican and won two terms, beginning in 1980.

Important Events During Presidency

There are so many important events, here are a few:

January 20, 1981

Reagan is inaugurated as the fortieth President of the United States.

March 10, 1981

Reagan sends budget proposal for fiscal year 1982 to Congress. The budget calls for spending $695.3 billion with a projected deficit of $45 billion. It includes funding cuts for 200 programs in addition to those cuts already proposed by President Carter.

July 7, 1981

Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart, making O'Connor the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

September 3, 1982

Reagan signs the Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA).

August 22, 1984

The Republican Party re-nominates Reagan and Bush for 1984 presidential election.

November 13, 1986

The White House informs Congress that the United States secretly sold arms to Iran in violation of federal laws prohibiting arms deals with Iran. The administration denies that the sales were part of an attempt to secure the release of American hostages held by Iranian-backed forces.

Before Presidency

After graduation, Reagan landed a job as a radio sportscaster at WOC in Davenport, Iowa, for $10 per game and transportation expenses. With his newfound mastery of commercials, Reagan became staff announcer and within two years transferred to WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, a powerful clear-channel NBC radio outlet. He then took a screen test for Warner Brothers, and the studio immediately offered him a then-munificent $200-a-week contract. As a Hollywood movie actor from 1937 to 1957, Reagan appeared in 52 films. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Reagan, who had been a member of the U.S. Army Cavalry Reserve since the 1930s, was called to active duty and commissioned a second lieutenant. In 1954, with his film career all but ended and his finances low, Reagan was offered a unique contract by General Electric.

After Office

After Reagan left office in January 1989, he returned to his brand new home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. He spent several years there with his wife, Nancy, and worked in his offices in the city. He wrote his autobiography An American Life and published several anthologies of his speeches. He also worked on the creation of the Ronald Reagan Library that now contains many his personal memoirs and diaries as well as many government documents generated during his years in office.

Sara Jane Mayfield (Jane Wyman)

Ronald's first lady was Jane Wyman. Jane's parents divorced when she was 4, soon later her father died at the age of 27. Janes mother couldn't take care of her so the neighbors willingly took Jane. At age 18, Jane had her first role in The Kid From Spain. Jane was a movie star in the 1940's and 50's. Ronald and Jane met on the set of Brother Rat in 1938.

Ronald Reagans Legacy

Ronald Reagan was a man who fought for what he believed in, and he changed the world more than probably any American in the twentieth century. He changed not only the conservative movement, the Republican party, his country and the world -- but also his opponents, known as liberals. his communication was key to his success, he did what he needed to show that this place we live in can be better if we just believe.