Ronald Reagan had a very successful life. He was the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989). He was an actor for 30 years before he became involved with politics and starred in more than 50 movies. Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois.
Reagan was raised by his traveling shoe salesman father John Reagan, and his mother Nelle. John was an alcoholic and was saved from the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration. Reagan was strongly influenced by his mother, who taught him to read at an early age.
After High School, Ronald Reagan won a Scholarship to Eureka College in Peoria, Illinois. He was very active at Eureka. He majored in economics, student body president, captain of the swimming team, and was on the football team. He became interested in acting, but after his graduation in 1932 the only job available that was related to show biz was a local radio sportscaster. In 1936 he took the job as a sportscaster for WHO radio station in Des Moines, Iowa.
Reagan moved to Hollywood in 1937 and began a 30-year acting career. Some of his noted movies were Knute Rockne-All American, King's Row, and Bedtime for Bozo. During his acting career, Reagan was elected as the president of the Screen Actors Guild six times. He married Jane Wyman, had two children, but divorced her eight years later. He married Nancy Davis in 1952 and they had two more children. As president of the union, he tried to remove communists from the movie industry.
Reagan's first national political scene was when he did a speech supporting Republican presidential candidate Senator Barry Goldwater. Even though Goldwater lost the election, he brought in money and praise from fellow Republicans around the country.
Reagan decided to run for Governor of California in 1966 and defeated Edmund G. Brown, Sr., by nearly one million votes. His two terms as governor were tough because six of the eight years he served the legislature was controlled by Democrats, him being a Republican. As governor, Reagan became known as a conservative politician who wanted to restrict government involvement in economy and society.
Ronald Reagan made a last-minute effort to get the 1968 Republican presidenti...
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...ent to Muslim guerillas fighting the communist government of Afghanistan.
In 1982, in an effort to strengthen the Lebanon government, he sent marines to Lebanon. In October 1983, 250 marines were killed when their Beirut headquarters was bombed. Reagan removed his troops. Those remaining were often captured by Muslim radicals.
In 1987 Kuwait asked for Soviet and U.S. aid during the Iran-Iraq war in the Persian Gulf. The last two years of Reagan's presidency were marred by a political scandal, which badly damaged his reputation as an honest person and committed to principle. The scandal was that the U.S. had secretly sold weapons to Iran and had diverted the profits from the sale to help the contras. Reagan denied the allegations. There was also said to be a law saying that the U.S. couldn't aid the contras. This revealed to be true and Reagan lost his image.
In conclusion, Ronald Reagan was definitely one of our nations greatest presidents ever. He helped us in so many ways. I think if the media weren't so republican biased then more people would realize how great President Reagan really was.
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Every four years there is an election to elect a new President of the United States. In some cases, if a President is well liked, they may be reelected to serve another term; but may only be in office for two consecutive terms (8 years). One of the few Presidents that held off a total of 8 years was President Ronald Reagan. He was the 40th President to be sworn into office, and at the time was the oldest to ever serve this country. When Reagan took office in 1980, he had many hopes and dreams to turn America into a great nation, and get America back on track. He fulfilled his goals and dreams for America and is highly regarded still to this day. He left office with great shoes to fill, and is looked back on as a great American leader. During his two terms as president, Reagan has had many major accomplishments/events while in office, such as signing of the Economic Recovery Tax Act, the Iran-Contra scandal, and aiding the United States in winning the cold war.
His father John was a shoe salesman who had a taste for alcohol (Bosch). He had one older brother named Neil. His mother Nelle nicknamed him Dutch as a child. Reagan’s family moved around a lot when he was young before finally choosing to settle in the town where he was born. They moved to Dixon, Illinois when he was a teenager. Reagan got his first job as a lifeguard and worked as one for six years. He attended Eureka College where he studied economics, but did not get very good grades (Bosch). Reagan moved to Iowa after college and became a radio announcer. A few years later, he ended up doing a screen test for Warner Brothers and received a contract. Reagan married a fellow actress Jane Wyman in 1940. They had a daughter and adopted a son together, but divorced in 1948. He was in the Army from 1937-1945. Reagan became president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1947 where he met Nancy Davis, another actress and his future wife (Bosch). They married in 1952 and had two children together. The speech he gave for presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was his first step into the political spotlight. In 1966, he ran for and won the California governorship and was reelected for a second term (Bosch). Ronald Reagan beat out President Jimmy Carter in the 1980
Ronald Wilson Reagan served two terms as the 40th president of the United States of America. Reagan was known for having a strong faith in the goodness of people. In college he was known as, “the jack of all trades” for excelling in everything he did (“Life Before the Presidency”). President Reagan’s beliefs gave him lots of respect from citizens around the world. One of his main beliefs was that peace comes with strength. I believe that Ronald Reagan was a great president because of his leadership qualities, domestic policies, and foreign policies.
Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois to John and Nellie Reagan, who owned a business in Dixon, Illinois. His mother taught him how to pray as they attended a Disciples of Christ church and his family taught him the importance of small-town values, which included a strong work ethic, the importance of education and tolerance, helping your neighbor and being committed to God and family (Ronald Reagan Foundation, n.d.). He attended Eurek...
Cannon writes in the third person, largely objective narrator. He is writing not from the point of view of a Reagan supporter or and employee of his administration, but from the perspective of an objective reporter. Cannon was the White House corespondent for The Washington Post. Most of the book Cannon merely tells the facts of Reagan’s life without throwing in any of his own thoughts. While Reagan mostly deals with the positive aspects of Reagan’s life, Cannon doesn’t shy away from talking about the negative parts of his life, such as his firing from his radio announcing job. Cannon also discusses Reagan’s many failures as an actor, while at the same time mentioning his successes too. Cannon writes about his political defeats, such as his failure to win nomination for president in 1976, while also writing about his many political victories, such as being elected governor of California, and President of the United States. Overall, Cannon writes with a detached, objective point of view. He balances all of the positives and negatives of Reagan’s life, giving equal time to each.
...s of economic and political initiatives that became known as "the Reagan revolution." His accomplishments of winning the Cold War without firing a shot, recovering the American economy known as Reaganomics and his “Star Wars” predicament, his two terms during presidency did not go unseen. He restored the traditional spirit of can-do optimism to the American people, making him a President that cannot be forgotten.
Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. Ronald Reagan wasn’t always a politician, before he realized he wanted to go into politics Reagan was an actor. Reagan starred in more than fifty movies and he even became president of the Screen Actors Guild (Bio.com). While president of the Screen Actors Guild Reagan met future wife Nancy (Davis) Reagan. After his acting career Reagan decided that politics was his calling. So to get his political career jumpstarted he ran for governor of California and won. He served as governor of California for two terms before he decided to run for president of the United States. At first he was a liberal but chose to run for president under the Republi...
Ronald Reagan was a true hero to many Americans. He was a strong president who cared for this country dearly, and Reagan really proved this by his actions during his presidency. He also proved his love for country by serving in the U.S Army during World War II. Ronald Reagan also came through as a hero by fixing the American Economy that was heading for disaster just like today’s. If you can reflect on what he had accomplished throughout his administration you can clearly see why he was a popular two term president. When you read this passage you will find that Ronald Reagan took on many challenges that shaped his legacy, and why many people consider him a hero .
When Ronald Reagan was a boy, his home was formed in a Christian faith lifestyle, his dad, however, was Catholic and his mom Protestant. Religion made a part and partially broke the family over a simple, yet complex difference. Nelle, his mother, though was more
There were many problems in which Carter had been blamed for, especially the Iran hostage crisis which proved to be very humiliating. He failed to deal with any of these situations. Either as hesitant or ineffective is how many Americans viewed Carter. He also had attacked Reagan as a dangerous radical after he defeated Tom Kennedy for the nomination. For his part Reagan, the charismatic ex-Governor of California, repeatedly made fun of Carter's powerlessness , and won a landside victory that carried the United States Senate for the first time in 28 years. Reagan's victory marked the beginning of the "Reagan Revolution."
Ronald Reagan was a man of many talents from sports, to acting, and finally politics. Reagan sought “peace through strength”; meaning that in order for us to have peace he would need the strength or power to provide us with just that. Having two terms in office it seems like Reagan was satisfied with most of what he could change in the U.S. He caused many differences throughout the nation; he made an impact. Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States of America; holding his seat from 1981 to 1989. Implementing Reaganomics which was basically meant to cut taxes which in turn generates more revenue. Reagan wanted “the American people to believe in themselves again” that was one of his main goals and some would say that he succeeded
Reagan himself trying to undo the damage done by the “ Great Society”, Reagan administration also had a profound effect on American life in the 80s. There was a decline in activism. The general mood reflected off a belief that earlier movements had gone to far and it was time to draw morals and a political line including the damage of the social security system from bankruptcy. All examples of how the President made huge changes in politics. On the other hand, like once stated before the President did have some questionable choices. Examples, near the end of the hearings into the Iran-Contra Affair, President Reagan admits to a policy that went astray, but denied knowledge of the funds to the Contras. On January 20th 1989, President Reagan’s reign came to an end. The presidency was known as the Reagan Revolution with successes in economic growth and political realignment. Reagan was the first President since Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve two full terms. While there was some difficulty in the beginning of the presidency with that nation debt increasing. The good outweighs the bad. Concluding, one of Reagan’s famous quotes
Ronald Reagan was born to parents Nelle and John Reagan in February 1911. He went to Eureka College where he studied economics and sociology. Before Reagan began his political career, he was a Hollywood actor. Starring in over 50 movies, his n...