Ronald Reagan

Key People

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George Bush - George Bush served as Vice President of the United States in both terms of the Reagan administration even though he had run against Reagan in the 1980 Republican primary elections and had criticized Reagan for his voodoo economics, a phrase Bush coined himself. Bush was later elected to be the forty-first President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He is the father of the forty-third President of the United States George W. Bush.
Pat Brown - Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Governor Pat Brown in California's 1966 gubernatorial race.
Jimmy Carter - Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States. Reagan defeated Carter in the 1980 elections.
Margaret Cleaver - Margaret Cleaver was Ronald Reagan's sweetheart for eight years during high school and college, and were engaged after graduating from Eureka College together in 1932. While traveling in Europe, however, Margaret met another man and returned Reagan's engagement ring to him by mail. Reagan was depressed for a long time, but eventually bounced back.
Nancy Davis  - Reagan married actress Nancy Davis on March 4, 1952. They have been married ever since. They had two children together, Ron and Patricia.
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Dwight D. Eisenhower was the thirty-fourth President of the United States.
Geraldine Ferraro - Geraldine Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale as the Vice Presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket in the 1984 presidential elections. She was the first woman to ever run on a presidential ticket for a major political party.
Gerald Ford  - Gerald Ford served as President of the United States from 1974 until 1977. Reagan first crossed paths with Ford in the 1930s when Ford played center for the University of Michigan's football team while Reagan broadcast the game.
Mikhail Gorbechev - Mikhail Gorbechev served as the leader of the Soviet Union during the second half of the 1980s. He brought reform to the USSR's political and economic systems. He also worked with the United States during Reagan's second term to end the Cold War between the US and the USSR.
John Hinckley - John Hinckley tried to assassinated President Reagan on March 30, 1981, outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. He shot Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster.
John F. Kennedy - John F. Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States. He was assassinated in 1963.
Arthur Laffer - An economist who developed the supply-side economic theories upon which Reagan based his domestic plans during his presidency.
John Meiklejohn - John Meiklejohn was Reagan's first agent. Without Meiklejohn's assistance, Reagan would never have been hired by the Warner Brothers studio.
Walter Mondale - Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in an unprecedented landslide victory in the 1984 presidential elections. Mondale's running mate was Geraldine Ferraro.
Richard Nixon  - Richard Nixon was the thirty-seventh President of the United States.
Oliver North - Lt. Col. Oliver North was indicted and penalized for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. Even though Reagan had authorized North to continue assisting the Contras after Congress had passed the Boland Amendment, North was tried and convicted.
Sandra Day O'Connor - Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to the US Supreme Court. She was the first woman to become a Supreme Court Justice.
John "Jack" Reagan  - John "Jack" Reagan was Ronald Reagan's father. He was a heavy drinker and chain smoker even though his wife Nelle Reagan disapproved. Although he didn't receive much education growing up, he worked hard as a shoe salesman throughout Illinois and encouraged his son Ronald to go to college and make a name for himself.
Maureen Reagan  - Maureen Reagan was born in 1941 to her parents Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. She was their first child. To Reagan's dismay, Maureen ran for US Senator in California and lost when the President refused to endorse her campaign because of the obvious conflict of interests.
Michael Reagan  - Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman adopted Michael Reagan in 1945. He was their second child and only son. When Reagan became President, Michael tried to use his father's name to promote his own business interests.
Nelle Wilson Reagan  - Nelle Wilson Reagan was Ronald Reagan's mother, and Jack Reagan's wife. She was a devout Disciple of Christ and imparted her moral beliefs on her sons.
Patricia Reagan  - Reagan and wife Nancy Davis had their first child together, Patricia, in October of 1952. In 1985 she published an exposé novel critiquing her parents.
Ron Reagan  - Ron Reagan was the son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
Donald Regan - Donald Regan served as President Reagan's first Chief of Staff in the White House. He resigned because he could not work with First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Franklin Roosevelt  - Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as President of the United States from 1933 until 1945. His New Deal legislation helped pull the country out of the Depression, and he lead the country through most of World War II. As a college student and young actor, Reagan wholeheartedly supported Franklin Roosevelt's liberal policies.
Jane Wyman - Jane Wyman was Ronald Reagan's first wife. The two met while working on the set for Brother Rat, and were married on January 26, 1940. Wyman gave birth to their daughter, Maureen, and they adopted another son Michael. Their third child died shortly after birth, and the couple eventually separated and divorced in 1948. Wyman was awarded a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Johnny Belinda that same year.

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