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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

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
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?