Ronald Reagan “The Fortieth President Of The United States Of America"

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I am doing my report on Ronald Reagan! Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, by parents named John Edward "Jack" Reagan and Nellie Wilson Reagan. His father nicknamed him "Dutch," because he said he resembled "a fat Dutchman." During Reagan's early childhood, his family lived in a bunch of different towns, finally they settled in Dixon, Illinois, in 1920, where Jack Reagan, his father, opened a shoe store. In 1928, Ronald Reagan graduated from Dixon High School. Reagan was an athlete and student body president and performed in school plays at Dixon. During his summer vacation he worked as a lifeguard in Dixon.
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Both of them were immediately attracted to each other, but Reagan was uneasy about getting married again because he was still upset and in pain from his divorce with Jane Wyman. Over time, he realized Nancy had a very kind and cheerful spirit, and they ended up gettting happily married in 1952. The couple had two children, and named them Patricia and Ronald.
Reagan stepped into the national political spotlight in 1964, during this time he gave a well-received speech that was on TV for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, a conservative. Later in his first race for public office, two years later, Reagan blew out the water against Democratic incumbent Edmund "Pat" Brown Sr. by almost 1 million votes, winning the California governorship. Reagan was re-elected to his second term in 1970.

After Reagan made bids that were unsuccessful for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976, he finally received his party's nod in 1980. In the 1976 general election, he defeated President Jimmy Carter, winning the Electoral College (489 to 49) and capturing near about 51 percent of the popular vote. At the age of 69, Ronald Reagan was the oldest person elected to the U.S. presidency.
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