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Ronald Wilson Reagan Ronald Reagan had a very successful life He was the 40th president of the United States 1981-1989 He was an actor for 30 years before he became involved with politics and starred in more than 50 movies Reagan was born on February 6 1911 in Tampico Illinois Early Life Reagan was raised by his traveling shoe salesman father John Reagan and his mother Nelle John was an alcoholic and was saved from the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration Reagan was strongly influenced by his mother who taught him to read at an early age After High School Ronald Reagan won a Scholarship to Eureka College in Peoria Illinois He was very active at Eureka He majored in economics student body president captain of the swimming team and was on the football He became interested in acting but after his graduation in 1932 the only job available that was related to show biz was a local radio sportscaster In 1936 he took the job as a sportscaster for WHO radio station in Des Moines Iowa Reagan moved to Hollywood in 1937 and began a 25 year acting career Some of his noted movies were Knute Rockne-All American Kings Row and Bedtime for Bozo During his acting career Reagan was elected as the president of the Screen Actors Guild the union for film actors six times He married Jane Wyman had two children but divorced her eight years later He married Nancy Davis in 1952 and they had two more children As president of the union he tried to remove communists from the movie industry Reagans first national political scene was when he did a speech supporting Republican presidential candidate Senator Barry Goldwater Even though Goldwater lost the election he brought in money and praise from fellow Republicans around the country Governor of California Reagan decided to run for Governor of California in 1966
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