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Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States He served from January 20 1981 to January 20 1989 He was born February 6 1911 in Tampico Illinois to John Edward Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan President Reagan came from rather meager beginnings not very typical of the presidents before him He married Jane Wyman on June 25 1940 and got divorced in 1948 About four years later Ronald Reagan found the love of his life Nancy Davis They married on March 1 1952 President Reagan went on to have three children Maureen Elizabeth Reagan Patricia Ann Reagan Ronald Prescott Reagan and they adopted Michael Edward ReaganPresident Reagan also went by the nicknames The Gipper and The Great Communicator He Graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and became an actor As he grew older Reagan became a registered republican and served public office He never thought of himself as a politician but he became the Governor of California in 1966 and was in office for eight years until 1974In 1976 Ronald Reagan ran for the office of the presidency The candidates he was up against were Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford Reagan had a very slim chance at beating them and lost miserably In 1980 Reagan ran again for the office of the presidency Once again Reagan faced Jimmy Carter This time a different outcome emerged Reagan was victorious The same was true in the 1984 election as Reagan defeated Walter Mondale For all eight years of his presidency George Bush was his Vice PresidentOn March 30 shot in an assassination attempt by John W Hinkley Jr outside of the Washington DC Hilton HotelIn November 1994 Reagan revealed to the world what his doctors and those closest to him had suspected for some time The former president was suffering from the memory destroying illness Alzheimers diseaseDuring the early 1980s the United States was suffering one of its worst economic periods in its
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