Ronald Reagan
40th President of the United States
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Ronald Reagan

Vice President: George H. W. Bush
Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, IL
Died:  June 5, 2004, in Los Angeles, California

Career/Occupation: Actor
Religion: Disciples of Christ
EducationGraduated from Eureka College (1932)
Political Party: Republican
Nickname(s): "The Gipper"; "The Great Communicator"; "Dutch"
Secret Service Codename: Rawhide

Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Presidential Firsts:

  • The first president born in Illinois.
  • The first president to be re-elected over the age of seventy.

  • He was 73 years old when he was re-elected in 1984.

  • First president to celebrate his 75th birthday while in office.

  • Reagan was born in 1911 and turned 75 in 1986. His second term in office expired on 20 January 1989.

  • The first president to have been divorced.

  • He married his first wife Jane Wyman in 1940, and the couple divorced in 1949.

  • The first president to have been a professional actor.
  • The first president to be the head of a union (the Screen Actors Guild).
  • The first president to be inaugurated at the West Front of the United States Capitol Building.
  • First president to visit Jamaica, Barbados, and Grenada while in office.
  • First president to be older than four of his predecessors (Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Carter).
  • First president to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court (Sandra Day O'Connor).
  • First president to visit the New York Stock Exchange, (on March 28, 1985) while in office.
  • First president to invoke Section 3 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • First president to attend and open an Olympic Games (the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles) while in office.
  • The first president to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom whilst still alive and the first to be, Awarded with Distinction.
  • The first president to have served in the United States Army Air Forces.
  • The first president to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • First president to receive a Golden Globe Award. He received the Hollywood Citizenship Award at the 14th Golden Globe Awards.
  • First president to serve two full terms with a House of Representatives controlled by the opposing party.
  • First president to nominate a Hispanic-American (Lauro Cavazos) to a Cabinet post. Cavazos was appointed United States secretary of education in 1988.
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