Home About Chat Users Issues Party Candidates Polling Firms Media News Polls Calendar Key Races United States President Senate House Governors International

New User Account
"A historical political resource." 
Email: Password:

  Reagan, Ronald Wilson
<-  1985-06-03  
NameRonald Wilson Reagan
Bel Air, California , United States
Website [Link]
Born February 06, 1911
DiedJune 05, 2004 (93 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 10, 2020 01:35am
Tags English - Irish - Scottish - Conservative - Anti-Term Limits - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Divorced - Married - NRA - Union Member - Christian - Presbyterian - Protestant - Straight -
InfoWhen leaving office in 1988, President Reagan viewed with satisfaction the effects of what his supporters had dubbed the 'Reagan Revolution'. In his Farewell Address to the Nation, he proclaimed, 'We've done our part. And as I walk into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan Revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made a city stronger. We made a city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.'

Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in a small apartment above a bank in Tampico, Illinois to John (Jack) and Nelle Reagan. The Reagans finally settled in Dixon, where young Ron came to be known for his exploits as a lifeguard. Reagan spent summers lifeguarding at the Rock River, where in the course of six years, he pulled 77 struggling swimmers out of the water. Reagan attended Eureka College, where he majored in Economics and Sociology. While there, he won four varsity sweaters in football, and managed the lead in most school plays. As a freshman, Reagan led the Eureka student body on a strike when a number of professors were fired. It was not long before the school hired back the professors in question.

After graduating, Reagan went back to Dixon and applied for a job as manager of the sports department at a Montgomery Ward that had just opened in town. Reagan, because of his success in sports in high school and college, thought he had the job wrapped up, but was turned down. In the middle of the depression, he began traveling across the Midwest looking for a job in radio. Reagan was able to convince a radio station, which had turned down more qualified applicants, to hire him. It was not long before 'Dutch' Reagan could be heard broadcasting Big Ten football games. But his dream was to be an actor, and in 1937 a screen test lead him off to Hollywood. Over the next two decades he would appear in 53 films; in only one did he play a villain.

Several years later, Reagan became President of the Screen Actors Guild and found himself in the middle of the attempted communist takeover of the movie industry. He testified before Congress as a friendly witness, where he gave a powerful defense of the strength of democracy. Slowly, his political views began to shift from liberal to conservative. He was later hired as a spokesman for General Electric, and, in touring the country on their behalf, he was able to interact with many Americans, leading to his growing sense that the government was hindering the lives of Americans. In 1964 he gave a speech for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and he burst onto the political scene as a prominent leader in the conservative movement. In 1966, he defeated incumbent Governor Pat Brown by nearly a million votes. In 1970 he won re-election.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan became the Republican nominee for President and chose Texas Congressman George Bush as his running mate. In a time when conventional politicians were cynical and many thought that America's best days were of the past, Reagan radiated optimism while speaking of an America whose best days were still ahead. Americans were ready for a change. With the economy out of control, inflation, interest rates, and unemployment all soaring, an American hostage crisis in Iran, and the Soviet Union on the march, Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter resoundingly, winning 489 electoral votes to Carter's 49.

On January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States. In his first 100 days as President, Reagan met with a total of 467 legislators as he prepared to send his Economic Recovery Act to Congress. This was interrupted however, when on March 30, Reagan was shot outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. Reagan was rushed to George Washington Hospital, a bullet within an inch of his heart.

But it was not long after being shot that Reagan was back to work on his Economic Recovery Act. Remarkably, Reagan had convinced forty Democrats in the House to break ranks for the plan.

By 1984, as a Reagan campaign ad declared, it was 'morning again in America.' His tax cuts, true to Reagan's belief, had stimulated the economy and his defense buildup was beginning to take a large toll on the Soviets. In that election year, the Reagan-Bush team defeated Democrat challengers Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro by one of the largest margins in U.S. history, losing only Mondale's home of Minnesota and D.C.

It was during his second term that Reagan's policies towards the Soviet Empire began to evidence the results that Reagan had predicted years earlier. The political elite laughed when Reagan referred to the Soviets as an 'evil empire' and gasped when Reagan called for a nuclear arms buildup that would allow the U.S. to negotiate from a position of strength, but in the same year that Reagan left office, the Berlin Wall was on its way down, and shortly thereafter the Soviet Union itself would collapse.

Upon leaving office in 1989, Reagan said that he would remain active on what he called 'the mashed potato circuit' and, hopefully, spend some much longed for time at his beloved California ranch. Sadly these activities were cut short, when, in 1994, in an emotional letter to the American people, Reagan announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. With characteristic optimism, Reagan chose not to focus on his own hardship, but instead on his great love and hope for his country:

"In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
(from [Link] )

Reagan died on June 5, 2004 of pneumonia. After lying in state at the United States Capitol Rotunda and a funeral at the National Cathedral on June 12, Reagan was buried in a crypt beneath a memorial site at the Ronald Wilson Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California some 45 miles north of Los Angeles. A curved wall adorned with shrubbery and ivy lines the memorial and has a three-line inscription from Reagan, "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
06/13/2007-06/24/2007 Rasmussen Reports 72.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
01/12/1989-01/15/1989 CBS News 68.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)
08/10/1974-08/15/1974 Field Poll 53.00% ( 7.0) 42.00% ( 6.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
10/10/1972-10/15/1972 Field Poll 46.00% ( 0.0) 48.00% ( 4.0) 6.00% ( 4.0)
08/10/1971-08/15/1971 Field Poll 46.00% ( 11.0) 52.00% ( 15.0) 2.00% ( 4.0)
02/10/1970-02/15/1970 Field Poll 57.00% ( 1.0) 37.00% ( 1.0) 6.00% ( 2.0)
08/10/1969-08/15/1969 Field Poll 58.00% ( 2.0) 38.00% ( 5.0) 4.00% ( 3.0)
02/10/1969-02/15/1969 Field Poll 60.00% ( 12.0) 33.00% ( 15.0) 7.00% ( 3.0)
05/10/1968-05/15/1968 Field Poll 48.00% ( 10.0) 48.00% ( 15.0) 4.00% ( 5.0)
06/10/1967-06/15/1967 Field Poll 58.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 0.0)
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
09/08/2011-09/11/2011 Public Policy Polling 60.00% ( 0.0) 30.00% ( 0.0) 10.00% ( 0.0)

Title Purchase Contributor
Where's the Rest of Me  Purchase Thomas Walker 
Ronald Reagan: An American Life  Purchase RP 
Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism  Purchase Tony82 
How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life  Purchase Tony82 
Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power  Purchase COSDem 

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 04, 2013 09:00am News Patti Davis says Reagan wouldn’t have opposed gay marriage  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Aug 30, 2012 03:45pm News Reagan hologram is real, was planned for RNC debut  Article Homegrown Democrat 
May 21, 2012 11:40pm General Foundation objects to auction of purported vial of Reagan's blood  Article RP 
May 18, 2012 04:30pm Amusing Funny letter from Ronald Reagan to seventh-grader resurfaces  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Mar 08, 2012 12:35pm Legal Ruling FBI Must Deliver Info on Informant Reagan  Article Craverguy 
Dec 08, 2011 12:00pm General Reagan was for taxing millionaires, says new Dem ad  Article Monsieur 
Nov 14, 2011 03:45am General Virgin starlet claims Ronald Reagan was a 'show-off' in bed after seducing her on set of 1950s film in which he played her father  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Nov 01, 2011 02:50pm General Washington pays tribute to Reagan with, yes, another statue  Article RP 
Feb 06, 2011 11:00pm Perspective When Reagan was (much) less popular than Carter  Article Jason 
Feb 06, 2011 06:40am Commentary President Reagan's jelly beans [by Ben Quayle]  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 01, 2011 04:00pm General Reagan day in Illinois proposed  Article COSDem 
Mar 03, 2010 05:25pm Proposed Legislation Proposal would put Ronald Reagan's face on the $50 bill  Article RP 
Sep 03, 2009 04:00pm News Conservative media take note: Reagan preached tax cut gospel to America’s students  Article WesternDem 
May 04, 2009 01:00pm Perspective How Right Was Reagan?  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Mar 20, 2009 12:00am Opinion Reagan: The Great American Socialist  Article Craverguy 
Jul 31, 2008 11:05pm News Ronald Reagan statue bound for Capitol rotunda this fall  Article The Sunset Provision 
Feb 29, 2008 08:05pm Commentary The Last 'Yes, We Can' Candidate  Article RP 
Jan 02, 2008 07:10pm Advertisement Put REAGAN ON RUSHMORE in your home or office  Article RP 
Nov 08, 2007 12:30pm General Report: Reagan library can't find items  Article DFWDem 
Sep 10, 2007 11:00am Obituary `Johnny Belinda' actress Jane Wyman dies  Article Thomas Walker 
Sep 04, 2007 09:00pm Commentary How Bush betrays Reagan  Article RP 
Jul 12, 2007 01:00pm News Reagan to receive posthumous medal from Poland  Article The Sunset Provision 
Feb 11, 2007 09:00pm Opinion The Limits Of Sunniness  Article RP 
Feb 28, 2006 02:00pm Opinion The 25 Fat Years:Ronald Reagan's election marked America's economic turning point.  Article SC Moose 
Feb 01, 2006 07:00pm News Aide: Reagan Warned Before Beirut Blast  Article The Sunset Provision 
Aug 29, 2004 04:00pm Commentary Would Reagan recognize the GOP?  Article COSDem 
Jun 17, 2004 12:00am Editorial Collective Amnesia or Collective Alzheimer's: America 'Remembers' Ronald Reagan  Article Guy 
Jun 16, 2004 12:00am General Post office to issue Reagan stamp  Article Thomas Walker 
Jun 11, 2004 12:00am News Thatcher, Gorbachev Honor Reagan Memory  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 11, 2004 12:00am News Cuban Radio Addresses Reagan Editorial  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 11, 2004 12:00am News US, World Bid Final Farewell to Reagan  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 11, 2004 12:00am News Reagan Death No Boost for Conservatives  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 10, 2004 12:00am Commentary Krugman's Vandalism of Reagan  Article Tony82 
Jun 10, 2004 12:00am News Frist proposes honoring Reagan with Pentagon renaming  Article Tony82 
Jun 09, 2004 12:00am Editorial Reagan Critics Still Get it Wrong  Article Chase McFadden 
Jun 09, 2004 12:00am Editorial The Real Reagan, By Ken Adelman  Article Chase McFadden 
Jun 09, 2004 12:00am Editorial Reaganomics Won the Day  Article Chase McFadden 
Jun 08, 2004 12:00am News Reagan the new face of the $10 bill?  Article Guy 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Bush to Deliver Eulogy at Reagan Service  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Reagan to Arrive at Capitol in Horse Drawn Caisson; Deaver, Merv Griffin named Pallbearers  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Markets to Close Friday to Honor Reagan  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Carter Expresses'Admiration' for Reagan  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Reagan Casket Arrives At Presidential Library; Bush Orders Flags at Half Staff for 30 Days  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Irish Town Marks Ronald Reagan's Death  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Cuba: Reagan Should 'Never Have Been Born'  Article PragCon 3.0 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Margaret Thatcher Tapes Eulogy for Reagan  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am Picture Salute to Reagan  Article Tony82 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Reagan Legacy Seen on the Supreme Court  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Reagan Remembered for Role in Cold War  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Reagan Remembered; DC to Shut Down On Friday  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Gorbachev to Attend Reagan's Funeral  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 07, 2004 12:00am News Mourners to Gather to Honor President Reagan  Article Gerald Farinas 
Jun 06, 2004 12:00am Statement Jelly Belly Saddened by the Passing of Ronald Reagan  Article None Entered 
Jun 05, 2004 12:00am News Reagan's Health Said to Have Deteriorated  Article Barack O-blame-a 
Jun 05, 2004 12:00am News Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93  Article Some say... 
Apr 30, 2004 12:00am General Nancy Reagan to University: Thanks But No Thanks  Article COSDem 
Apr 28, 2004 12:00am General Supporters Plan Ronald Reagan University  Article particleman 
Feb 06, 2004 12:00am Editorial Reagan's dusk and dawn  Article Tony82 
Feb 06, 2004 12:00am Commentary Celebrating reagan?  Not Available Blue Wizzrobe 
Dec 17, 2003 12:00am News Would-Be Reagan Assassin Granted Clearance  Article PragCon 3.0 
Dec 10, 2003 12:00am General Tapes: Nixon Called Reagan 'Strange'  Article RP 
Dec 05, 2003 12:00am News Republicans Push to Put Reagan on Dimes  Article DFWDem 
Nov 25, 2003 12:00am News 'Reagans' filmmakers: CBS ruined movie  Article Wabash 
Nov 04, 2003 12:00am News CBS reportedly pulls "Reagans"  Article PragCon 3.0 
Sep 01, 2003 12:00am Commentary Reagan's Liberal Legacy: What the new literature on the Gipper won't tell you  Article Stephen Yellin 
Feb 06, 2003 02:44pm General Former President Reagan turns 92  Article User 13 
Mar 29, 1991 12:00am Op-Ed by Candidate Why I'm for the Brady Bill  Article Craverguy 
Oct 19, 1984 06:00pm Statement Statement on Signing the National Organ Transplant Act  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Nov 04, 1980 12:00am General Reagan Wins in a Landslide (archive)  Article Jester5716 

Importance? 10.00000 Average

Wife Jane Wyman Jan 26, 1940-Jun 28, 1948
Wife Nancy Reagan Mar 04, 1952-Jun 06, 2004
Daughter Maureen Reagan 1941-2001
Son Michael Reagan 1945-
Daughter Christine Reagan 1947-1947
Daughter Patti Davis 1952-
Son Ron Reagan 1958-

A Time for Choosing (1964) - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
Congressional Gold Medal Recipient President Ronald Reagan  Discuss
Governor Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address January 2, 1967  Discuss
Governor Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address January 4, 1971  Discuss
President Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address January 20, 1981  Discuss
President Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address January 21, 1985  Discuss
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient President Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Address at Moscow State University (May 31, 1988)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Address to the British Parliament (June 8, 1982)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Address to the Nation on Iran-Contra (March 4, 1987)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (May 5, 1985)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Farewell Address (January 11, 1989)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Remarks at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (November 11, 1988)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - Speech on the Geneva Summit (November 21, 1985)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Feb 2, 1985)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Feb 4, 1986)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Jan 25, 1983)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Jan 25, 1984)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Jan 25, 1988)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Jan 26, 1982)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan - State of the Union Address (Jan 27, 1987)  Discuss
Ronald Reagan: 1911-2004 - A CNN Special -  Discuss
Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech 1980  Discuss
Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech 1984  Discuss
Speech at the National Republican Convention 1992 - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
The Evil Empire - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tragedy Address - Ronald W. Reagan  Discuss
  12/17/1984 US President Won 97.58% (+95.17%)
  11/06/1984 US President National Vote Won 58.77% (+18.22%)
  11/06/1984 GU US President Won 63.97% (+29.02%)
  11/05/1984 Dixville Notch NH US President Won 96.67% (+93.33%)
  09/08/1984 NY US President - RTL Convention Lost 45.17% (-9.66%)
  08/23/1984 US President - R Convention Won 99.91% (+99.82%)
  07/01/1984 US President - R Primaries Won 98.78% (+97.93%)
  07/01/1984 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.06% (-38.26%)
  12/22/1980 TIME Man of the Year Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/15/1980 US President Won 90.89% (+81.78%)
  11/04/1980 US President National Vote Won 50.75% (+9.73%)
  11/04/1980 Jefferson - US President Won 55.91% (+22.96%)
  11/04/1980 Dixville Notch NH US President Won 73.91% (+60.87%)
  11/04/1980 GU US President Lost 38.38% (-18.65%)
  08/23/1980 NY US President - RTL Convention Lost 29.00% (-38.33%)
  07/17/1980 US President - R Convention Won 97.44% (+95.58%)
  06/03/1980 US President - R Primaries Won 59.79% (+35.98%)
  12/13/1976 US President Lost 0.19% (-55.02%)
  11/02/1976 US President National Vote Lost 0.00% (-50.06%)
  08/19/1976 US Vice President - R Convention Lost 1.20% (-83.84%)
  08/19/1976 US President - R Convention Lost 47.39% (-5.18%)
  07/01/1976 US President - R Primaries Lost 45.88% (-7.42%)
  11/03/1970 CA Governor Won 52.84% (+7.70%)
  08/08/1968 US President - R Convention Lost 9.69% (-56.20%)
  06/11/1968 US President - R Primaries Won 37.93% (+0.38%)
  06/11/1968 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.07% (-38.66%)
  05/14/1968 NE US President - Amer Primary Lost 1.19% (-96.63%)
  03/12/1968 NH US Vice President - R Primary Lost 11.14% (-18.66%)
  11/08/1966 CA Governor Won 57.55% (+15.28%)
  06/07/1966 CA Governor - R Primary Won 64.62% (+33.82%)
  06/07/1966 CA Governor - D Primary Lost 1.05% (-50.86%)
  11/01/1959 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/01/1951 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/01/1950 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/01/1949 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/01/1948 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/01/1947 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/10/1947 Screen Actors Guild President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
LA State House 081 - Special Runoff - Feb 18, 1989 R John Treen
WI District 2 - Nov 06, 1984 R Albert Lee Wiley, Jr.
WI District 02 - R Primary - Sep 14, 1982 R Albert Lee Wiley, Jr.
NJ District 12 - R Primary - Jun 08, 1982 R James A. Courter
TX District 19 - R Runoff - Jun 03, 1978 R Jim Reese
UT US Senate- R Primary - Sep 14, 1976 R Orrin G. Hatch
US Vice President - R Convention - Aug 19, 1976 R Richard S. Schweiker
CA US Senate - Nov 07, 1950 D Helen Gahagan Douglas
CA US President - Nov 02, 1948 D Harry S. Truman
MN US Senate - Nov 02, 1948 DFL Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.