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Ronald W. Reagan Facts and Trivia

Birthday: February 6, 1911
Birthplace: Tampico, IL
College or University: Eureka College
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation or Profession: Actor
Military Rank: Lieutenant
- Jane Wyman (divorced in 1949)
- Nancy Davis Reagan 1952
Children: From first marriage - Maureen, Michael & Christine
From 2nd marriage - Patricia (Patti) and Ron Prescott
President number: 40th
Political Party: Republican
Runner Up: Jimmy Carter
Vice President: George H. W. Bush
Age at Inauguration: 69
Served: 1981-1989
Number of terms: 2
Other Offices or Commissions:
- 33rd Governor of California
Died: June 5, 2004
Age at Death: 93
Place of Burial: California

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- Reagan was the first member of his family to go to college. He worked as a dishwasher and other odd jobs while attending Eureka College.

- In college, Reagan played football and acted in plays.

- After college, Reagan became a popular sports announcer in Iowa.

- Reagan became an actor. He made fifty-two films and hosted a weekly television program - General Electric Theater. He held various positions in the SAG (Screen Actors Guild).

- President Reagan loved jelly beans. When he became president, the Jelly Belly company came out with a new flavor - blueberry. Reagan then was able to have red, white and blue jelly beans in a jar on his desk.

- Reagan tried to improve the economy by cutting taxes and creating jobs. He increased spending on the military. This created a deficit in the Treasury.

- "Reagonomics" was a term given to Reagan's economic policy. He believed in cutting taxes for the wealthy because he thought the savings would "trickle down" to the rest of Americans.


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