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Ronald Wilson Reagan:
A Presidential Unit

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States of America. He was born on 6 February 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. He was the oldest the oldest man ever elected President. He was 69 years old.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: 1981 - 1989
Vice President(s): George H.W. Bush
Name of his parents: John Edward Reagan and Nelle Wilson
Wife's name: Jane Wyman (1914- ), on June 25, 1940 (divorced in 1948); Nancy Davis (1923- ), on March 1, 1952
Yearly Salary as President: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account
State of Birth: Illinois

"Ronald Reagan was a very charismatic person. He was called "The Great Communicator" because he could speak well and could make people feel good. Even though there were big economic problems and political scandals during his Presidency, people believed him when he talked about the country's promise. This helped make Reagan one of the most popular Presidents in history.

In March of 1981, Reagan was nearly assassinated when a mentally ill man named John Hinckly Jr. shot him in the chest. Reagan made a full recovery despite the seriousness of the wounds, and would later quip "I just forgot to duck."

Also in 1981, Reagan was the first President to nominate a woman as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Her name was Sandra Day O'Connor.

Reagan led an eventful and colorful life. He is now retired and living on his ranch in California where he and his family deal with his Alzheimer's. Disease. By being honest and candid about his condition early on, there is greater public awareness than ever about this tragic and deginerative brain disease.

On Line Lesson Plans:

Reagan from TeacherVision
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Herbert Hoover from Enchanted Learning

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Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Reagan's children? [Answer: Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941-2002); Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945- ); Patricia Ann Reagan (1952- ); Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- )]

2. What other political positions did Reagan hold? [Answer: Governor of California, 1966-74].

3. What did the Reagan do before he entered politics? [Answer: He was an actor]

4. What was Reagan's favorite snack? [Answer: jelly beans]

Of Note:

Reagan loved jelly beans so much that he kept a big bowl of them on his desk.

Reagan loved to ride horses and work on his ranch in California.

Before entering politics, Reagan was an actor. He played in many movies, often as a cowboy.

As first lady, Nancy Reagan enjoyed throwing large parties with lots of famous guests. She also did a lot of refurbishing in the White House, much as Jackie Kennedy had several years before.


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