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President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician and actor who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader.
He was born in a poor family in small towns of northern Illinois. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and worked as a sports announcer on several regional radio stations. After moving to Hollywood in 1937, he became an actor and starred in a few major productions. Reagan was twice elected as President of the Screen Actors Guild, the labor union for actors, where he worked to root out Communist influence. In the 1950s, he moved into television and was a motivational speaker at General Electric factories. Having been a lifelong Democrat, his views changed. He became a conservative and in 1962 switched to the Republican Party. He was elected Governor of California in 1966. As governor, Reagan raised taxes, turned a state budget deficit to a surplus, challenged the protesters at the University of California, ordered National Guard troops in during a period of protest movements in 1969, and was re-elected in 1970. In 1980 he easily won the nomination, going on to be elected the oldest President, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Entering the presidency in 1981, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics", advocated tax rate reduction to spur economic growth, control of the money supply to curb inflation, economic deregulation, and reduction in government spending. He survived an assassination attempt. Foreign affairs dominated his second term, including ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the Iran–Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire", he transitioned Cold War policy from détente to rollback, by escalating an arms race with the USSR while engaging in talks with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, which culminated in the INF Treaty to cut nuclear arsenals. On December 26, 1991, nearly three years after he left office, the Soviet Union collapsed.
President Ronald and Nancy Reagan arrive at the base for departure on their trip
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President-elect Ronald W. Reagan waves to well-wishers before departing on a trip aboard an aircraft

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President-elect Ronald Reagan poses for a photographer before departing on a trip aboard an aircraft

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President-elect Ronald W. Reagan waves to well-wishers before departing on a trip aboard an aircraft

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Nancy Reagan prepares to board an aircraft as she and President-elect Ronald W. Reagan, not visible, depart for a trip

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President-elect Ronald W. Reagan is greeted by BGEN Archer Durham upon his arrival

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President-elect Ronald W. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, walk across the apron toward the terminal upon their arrival

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President-elect Ronald W. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, talk to well-wishers before boarding the aircraft for departure

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After Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office as the 40th president of the United States his wife Nancy, gives him a kiss during the Inauguration Day celebration

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Soldiers from the Military District of Washington help arrange chairs on the snowy lawn of the U.S. Capitol for hundreds of guests who will attend the ceremony where the presidential oath of office will be administered to Ronald W. Reagan as the 40th President of the United States

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The 40th President of the United States, Ronald W. Reagan and his wife Nancy are given a short briefing by MGEN Robert Arter, commander, Military District of Washington. MGEN Arter is explaining the various military units that pass in review in front of the U.S. Capitol

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An Air Force member of the All-Service Honor Guard stands with his rifle in the salute position, present arms, President Ronald W. Reagan, his wife and the presidential party descend the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day

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GEN Edward C. Meyer, U.S. Army chief of staff, describes one of the Army marching units in the Inaugural parade to president Ronald W. Reagan and Vice President George Bush. Standing behind the president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol is LTC Jerry Stewart, aide to Vice President Bush

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On the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, an Army 105mm howitzer saluting battery fires a 21-gun salute to the new President of the United States, Ronald W. Reagan, on Inauguration Day

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President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan wave to the crowd waiting along the Inaugural parade route to see them, as they take the traditional ride down Pennsylvania Avenue

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President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan wave to the crowd listening to the inaugural address. The ceremony is taking place on the steps of the Capitol building

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President Ronald W. Reagan and his wife are hand in hand as they say hello to their friends and guests during their gala celebration at the Capital Center, during Inauguration Day. To the President's right is the entertainer Frank Sinatra

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At the Capitol Building, Ronald Wilson Reagan takes the oath of office as the 40th president of the United States. His wife, Nancy is standing to his left

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President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, sit on a specially built platform for the gala celebration at the Capital Center, during Inauguration Day

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Comedian Rich Little performs for the honored guests during the gala inaugural celebration of President Ronald Reagan at the Capital Center

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Out-going President Jimmy Carter congratulates Ronald Reagan, the new president, at the Capitol during Inauguration Day. Nancy Reagan observes the scene

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Limousines and people line the outside of the Capitol, prior to the appearance of President Ronald Reagan, and the start of the motorcade during the Inauguration Day celebration

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At the conclusion of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural address, he and his wife, Nancy, wave to the public from the specially built platform in front of the Capitol during the Inauguration Day celebration

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Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and his wife Nancy, wave to the public from the presidential car during the Inauguration Day parade

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Greg Mathison Release Status: Release... more

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and his wife Nancy, wave to the public from the presidential car during the Inauguration Day parade

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Greg Mathison Release Status: Release... more

Ronald Reagan, takes the oath of office as the 40th president of the United States. His wife, Nancy, is standing to his left during the Inauguration Day celebration

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mitchell Templeton Release Status: Re... more

At the conclusion of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural address, he and his wife, Nancy, turn around and look at the front of the Capitol, during Inauguration Day celebration

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President Ronald W. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, wave to the public as they ride down Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade, after the swearing in ceremony at the Capitol

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President Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States of America, delivers his inaugural address from the specially built platform in front of the Capitol during Inauguration Day ceremony

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An extreme long shot of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States of America, delivering his inaugural address from a specially built platform in front of the Capitol during Inauguration Day ceremony

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Scott Davis Release Status: Released ... more

A view of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, as he delivers his Inaugural address from a specially built platform in front of the Capitol during the Inauguration Day celebration

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Greg Mathison Release Status: Release... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, wave to the public as they ride in the presidential car during the Inauguration Day parade

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Sunburg Release Status: Released to P... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, wave to the public as they ride in the presidential car during the Inauguration Day parade

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ward Release Status: Released to Publ... more

President Ronald Reagan, with his wife Nancy beside him, speaks to a group during his visit to the Pacific Missile Test Center

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Brian Burdick Release St... more

President Ronald Reagan speaks before a group during a visit to the Pacific Missile Test Center

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Shirley Willaert Release... more

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, along with staff members are welcomed by a group of officers to the Pacific Missile Test Center

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Brian Burdick Release St... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy walk across the apron as they prepare to depart for a trip to California

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President Ronald Reagan, right, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army, stand during the award ceremony at the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Fred Hinshaw Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

President Ronald Reagan, center, leaves the Pentagon at the conclusion of the Medal of Honor award ceremony for retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Fred Hinshaw Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

President Ronald Reagan, right, stands beside Medal of Honor recipient retired MASTER SGT. Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army, during a ceremony at the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pentagon State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ron Hall Release Status: Released to Pu... more

President Ronald Reagan, center, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public ... more

President Ronald Reagan, center, arrives at the Pentagon for a Medal of Honor award ceremony. Walking on the president's left is the recipient, retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public ... more

President Ronald Reagan arrives at the Pentagon for a Medal of Honor award ceremony. Walking beside him is the recipient, retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public ... more

President Ronald Reagan, beside the car, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired MSGT Roy P. Benavidez, U.S. Army, arrive at the Pentagon for the award ceremony

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President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan are greeted by GEN Robert E. Huyser on their return to the United States

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President Ronald Reagan is welcomed by BGEN Archer L. Durham upon his return to the United States

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President Ronald and Nancy Reagan arrive at the base for departure on their trip

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President Ronald Reagan speaks to an audience as Mrs. Douglas MacArthur sits with Nancy Reagan during the dedication of the GEN Douglas MacArthur corridor of the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Fred Hinshaw Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur (center), attend a ceremony for the dedication of the GEN Douglas MacArthur corridor of the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy attend a ceremony for the dedication of the GEN Douglas MacArthur corridor of the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

President Ronald Reagan speaks to an audience during the dedication of the GEN Douglas MacArthur corridor of the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

VIPs, with President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur (in front), are leaving after the dedication ceremony of the GEN Douglas MacArthur corridor of the Pentagon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Joe Collaso Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger hosts the General Douglas McArthur Corridor Dedication Ceremony attended by Mrs. McArthur Corridor Dedication Ceremony attended by Mrs. McArthur and President Ronald W. Reagan and Mrs. Reagan

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President Ronald Reagan approaches a speakers podium to welcome arriving foreign dignitaries, along with Vice President George Bush, at left

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President Ronald Reagan, Michael Deaver, and James Baker during Turkey Shoot at J. O. Winston Ranch

Original caption: President Reagan, Michael Deaver, James Baker in a jeep and camouflage clothes during Turkey Shoot at J. O. Winston Ranch in Sabinal, Texas. Reagan White House Photographs

President Ronald Reagan during White House Ceremony to Receive Thanksgiving Turkey

Original caption: President Reagan during the ceremony to receive the First Thanksgiving Turkey from the National Turkey Federation in the Rose Garden. Reagan White House Photographs

President Ronald Reagan Receiving a Turkey for the 36th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Ceremony at the White House

Original caption: President Reagan attending ceremony to receive the 36th annual Thanksgiving Turkey from representatives of the National Turkey Federation on the South Lawn. Reagan White House Photographs

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan are greeted by RADM Fred Baughman and CAPT Jim Hickerson and his family, upon their arrival by presidential helicopter to visit the Pacific Missile Test Center

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC K.K. Thornsley Release S... more

Mattingly and Hartsfield Salute President Reagan

(July 4, 1982) Columbia Space Shuttle astronauts Commander Thomas K. Mattingly, foreground, and Pilot Henry W. Hartsfield salute President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, as the astronauts begin the customar... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy are greeted by (left to right) RADM E. Barrineau, CAPT R.F. Crater and CAPT J. M. Tallman upon their arrival aboard Helicopter One, and prior to their departure aboard Air Force One

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PAC Missile Test Ctr, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN M. Washington Releas... more

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy are greeted by (left to right) RADM E. Barrineau, CAPT R.F. Crater and CAPT J. M. Tallman upon their arrival aboard Helicopter One, and prior to their departure aboard Air Force One

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PAC Missile Test Ctr, Point Mugu State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN M. Washington Releas... more

President Ronald Reagan stands at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

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President Ronald Reagan (left) participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

An honor guard assists President Ronald Reagan during a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

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President Ronald Reagan places a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

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A full length portrait of President Ronald W. Reagan, left, with former Presidents Gerald R. Ford, James E. Carter and Richard M. Nixon

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files