40th President of the United States
(January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989)
Nicknames: "The Gipper"; "The Great Communicator"
Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois
Died: June 5, 2004 in California
Father: John Edward Reagan
Mother: Nelle Wilson Reagan
Married: Jane Wyman (1914- ), on June 25, 1940 (divorced in 1948); Nancy Davis (1923- ), on March 1, 1952
Children: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941- ); Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945- ); Patricia Ann Reagan (1952- ); Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- )
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Education: Graduated from Eureka College (1932)
Occupation: Actor, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Secretary of State
Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1981-82)
George P. Shultz (1982-89)
Secretary of the Treasury
Donald T. Regan (1981-85)
James A. Baker, III (1985-88)
Nicholas F. Brady (1988-89)
Secretary of Defense
Caspar W. Weinberger (1981-87)
Frank C. Carlucci (1987-89)
William French Smith (1981-85)
Edwin Meese (1985-88)
Dick Thornburgh (1988-89)
Secretary of the Interior
James G. Watt (1981-83)
William P. Clark (1983-85)
Donald P. Hodel (1985-89)
Secretary of Agriculture
John R. Block (1981-86)
Richard E. Lyng (1986-89)
Secretary of Commerce
Malcolm Baldrige (1981-87)
C. William Verity (1987-89)
Secretary of Labor
Raymond J. Donovan (1981-85)
William Brock (1985-87)
Ann Dore McLaughlin (1987-89)
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Richard S. Schweiker (1981-83)
Margaret M. Heckler (1983-85)
Otis R. Bowen (1985-89)
Secretary of Education
Terrel H. Bell (1981-85)
William J. Bennett (1985-88)
Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr. (1988-89)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Samuel R. Pierce, Jr. (1981-89)
Secretary of Transportation
Andrew L. Lewis, Jr. (1981-83)
Elizabeth H. Dole (1983-87)
James H. Burnley (1987-89)
Secretary of Energy
James B. Edwards (1981-82)
Donald P. Hodel (1982-85)
John Herrington (1985-89)
Compiled by the White House.
Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Robert J. Huckshorn of Florida Atlantic University and revised by Donald Young, author of American Roulette: The History and Dilemma of the Vice Presidency, along with suggestions for further reading.
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other websites, and lesson plans.
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
From a PBS broadcast of the same name, this essay excerpt by Peggy Noonan discusses some of the issues and events that molded Reagan.
Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator -- by Bro. Robert Pius Buttie, O.P.
A paper submitted for a degree in Theology and History of Preaching from the Department of Theology at the National Institute For The Word of God. A detailed exploration into Reagan's upbringing and career, focusing on his speeches and politics.
Commander-in-Chief President Ronald Reagan -- from the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum
Reagan's detailed military history in the Army Reserves..
From his first State of the Union address on January 26, 1982. (0:56)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.
President Reagan reflecting on U.S. troops serving overseas (0:14)
President Reagan on memories from the job as president (0:22)
President Reagan begins bombing in five minutes (0:08)
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President Reagan states that government is the problem (0:04)
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From the Ronald Reagan Home Page: Soundbites.
From the Internet Movie Database, this list of Reagan screen credits includes, Code of the Secret Service (1939), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), and Bedtime for Bonzo (1951).
Tourist information for the Library, calendar of events, and an online catalog of your favorite Reagan attire from the Museum. Located in Simi Valley, California.