President Ronald Regan
President Ronald Regan
Our fortieth president was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. He attended Eureka College and studied economics and sociology. After graduating, he became a radio sports announcer. In 1937, he landed a contract in Hollywood and appeared in 53 films over a span of two decades.
Reagan became the president of the screen actors guild, and after several disputes over Communism in the film industry, he traveled the country as a television host and became a spokesperson for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a vast Margin, and was re-elected in 1970.
In 1980, the Republican Presidential nomination went to Reagan, who chose the Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush as his running mate. Reagan won the election with 489 electoral votes to Jimmy Carter, who received 49 electoral votes.
After only 69 days of being in office, Reagan was shot. The president quickly recovered, and returned to service. After skillfully dealing with congress, Reagan created legislation to cause economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He cut taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to stray from this path when the strengthening of national defense caused a large deficit.
In 1984, Reagan and Bush won the re-election and their second term. By the end of Reaganís administration, the country had enjoyed the longest recorded period of time where there was no recession or depression. Even though Reagan had increased defense spending 35%, he improved relations with foreign countries. A new treaty was signed with the Soviet Union, which eliminated intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan also declared war against international terrorism, and sent American bombers to Libya after evidence that they were involved in the attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.
At the end of his terms, Reagan was deeply satisfied with his work as president. In August 1994, he was diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease. Ronald Reagan did his best to stay active during his last years. He died at his home in Bel Air, California on June 5, 2004.
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