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At the end of his two terms in office Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore the great confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism On February 6 1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico Illinois He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College There he studied economics and sociology played on the football team and acted in school plays Upon graduation he became a radio sports announcer A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman he had two children Maureen and Michael Maureen passed away in 2001 In 1952 he married Nancy Davis who was also an actress and they had two children Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott As president of the Screen Actors Guild Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry his political views shifted from liberal to conservative He toured the country as a television host becoming a spokesman for conservatism In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes he was re-elected in 1970 Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter On January 20 1981 Reagan took office Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin but quickly recovered and returned to duty His
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