Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 to parents John and Nelle Reagan in Illinois. 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. Reag...
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...ntial Foundation. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed at 82 with Alzheimer’s disease and died in 2004.
Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents in the history of the United States of America. His presidency shows much of why he was so popular. Reagan had many more successes than failures during his two terms. His failures were a mere two major issues: the Marines in Lebanon, and the Iran-Contra affair. Reagan’s successes were many more like the tax cuts of 1981, appointing the first woman to the United States Supreme Court, reduced the amount of nuclear arms by signing a deal with the Soviet Union, made progress towards the end of the Cold War, got the Soviet Union to leave Afghanistan, released the Air Traffic Controllers who went on strike, the rescue mission in Grenada, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, and the Strategic Defense Strategy Initiative of 1983.
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