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Ronald Reagan Biography

Title:
40th President of the United States
Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that. Well I wear their indictment like a badge of honor.”

Speech to the National Religious Broadcasters in Washington, DC, Jan. 30, 1984

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Congressional Gold Medal, 2002
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1993
  • Recipient, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, United Kingdom, 1989
  • Recipient, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Japan, 1989
  • 40th President of the United States, 1981-1989
  • Republican Presidential candidate, did not receive party nomination, 1975-1976
  • Governor of California, 1967-1975
  • Political career launched in speech for Barry Goldwater, 1964
  • Officially changed to Republican Party, 1962
  • Campaigned for Richard Nixon for President, 1960
  • Campaigned as a Democrat for Eisenhower, 1952/1956
  • President, Screen Actors Guild, 1947
  • Made 53 motion pictures and one TV movie, 1945-65
  • First Motion Picture Unit, Army Air Force, made over 400 training films, 1942
  • Actor, Warner Brothers, 1937-1942
  • Radio Announcer, WCO (Davenport, Iowa) & WHO (Des Moines, Iowa), 1932
  • Student Body President, Eureka (Illinois) College, 1932
  • Student Body President, Dixon High School, 1928
Education:
  • BA, Economics and Sociology, Eureka College (Illinois), 1932
Other:
  • Died on June 5, 2004
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