A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as a life guard, having 77 rescues.
He then announced for radio stations in Iowa.
He became a sports announcer for WHO radio, covering Chicago Cubs baseball games, and then traveled with the team.
While with the Cubs in California, Ronald Reagan auditioned with Warner Brothers, landing a contract doing “B films.”
He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
During his career as an actor, Ronald Reagan appeared in over 50 films, including:
This is the Army, and
He married Jane Wyman in 1940, and had children Maureen, Christine (died a day old) and Michael (adopted).
Reagan was elected President of the Screen Actors Guild.
His second marriage was to Nancy Davis in 1952, and they had children Patti and Ron.
He switched from Democrat to Republican, and was elected Governor of California, 1967-1975.
When he began running for President, some conservatives did not support him because he was the first Presidential candidate who had been divorced.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th U.S. President, being the second oldest person elected to that position.
He was 69 years old when elected, and 69 days after his inauguration, he survived an assassination attempt.
Ronald Reagan stated in 1961:
”One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project …
James Madison in 1788 … said … ‘There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations’ …
What can we do about this? … We can write to our congressmen and our senators … Say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms … We do not want socialized medicine …
If you don’t, this program I promise you will pass … and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known … until, one day … we will awake to find that we have socialism.
And … you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”
At St. John’s University in New York, March 28, 1985, Reagan repeated one of President Gerald Ford’s famous phrases:
”Government that is big enough to give you everything you want is more likely to simply take everything you’ve got.”
Reagan remarked to the Heritage Council, Warren, Michigan, October 10, 1984:
“Henry David Thoreau was right: that government is best which governs least.”
In his 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan stated:
”I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path.”
On March 20, 1981, at the Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC, Ronald Reagan stated:
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. That’s why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith — the second oldest in the world — first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words …’Ye shall be as gods.’ The crisis of the Western world … exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.”
Reagan stated in Beijing, China, April 27, 1984:
”I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state … But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God.”