Ronald W. Reagan
By Danielle

Did you know Ronald Reagan was an actor and so were both of his wives? Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. He was the younger of two sons. His mother and father are John and Nelle Reagan. In 1940 he married Jane Wyman and they had two kids, Maureen in 1941 and an adopted son Michael in 1945. They got divorced on June 28, 1948. He then married Nancy Davis in 1952. Both Jane and Nancy were actors like Reagan. They had two children, Patty in 1951and Ron in 1958.

Reagan served in the army during World War II. He later became an actor and then the Governor of California. Both Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis said Ronald Reagan was a very good actor. He made 50 films. Reagan also went to Eureka College. He was a good student and a superior athlete. He played football, basketball, and was on the track and swim team.

The party Reagan belonged to is the Republican Party.  When Reagan was elected at 69 years old, Reagan was the oldest President elected. He was President from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. He ran against Jimmy Carter. When he ran for President, he had 489 electoral votes to 49 votes for Jimmy Cater. Reagan's Vice President was George H. W. Bush. He served for two terms.

Between 1985 and 1988 Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union leader, Mikhail Gorbachev met four times. As a result, they formed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Missile Treaty (INF Treaty) This decreased the number of nuclear bombs between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

John Hinckley shot Reagan in the chest on March 30, 1981 outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel, where he had just given a speech. The bullet was shot in his left lung. Hinckley shot him because he said it was a love offering to actress Jodie Foster, whom he had never met.

Reagan was very strict with terrorists. He would not make deals with them. He promised all terrorists would be punished. He also had said the United States would not negotiate for hostages.

After completing his two terms, he spent most of his time with his family on the California ranch. He is remembered for his economic policy because of his major tax and sharp budget cut. Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's Disease before passing away on June 5, 2004. He will be remembered for getting more votes in a Presidential election than anyone in American History!

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