65 Interesting Facts About Ronald Reagan

Last updated on May 10th, 2021

6. “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

7. “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.”

8. “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

9. “I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.”

10. “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

11. “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”

12. “Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

13. “People do not make wars; governments do.”

14. “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

15. “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

16. “We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

17. “Man is not free unless government is limited.”

18. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

19. “As government expands, liberty contracts.”

20. “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

21. “Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.”

22. “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.”

23. “Never let the things you can’t do stop you from doing what you can.”

Ronald Reagan – Quick facts and stats

Full nameRonald Wilson Reagan
# of Terms2
Presidential termJanuary 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989

Preceded by Jimmy Carter

Succeeded by George H. W. Bush
Vice PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
GovernorCalifornia (1967-1975)
ProfessionMilitary, Radio Announcer, Actor
BornFebruary 6, 1911
Tampico, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 5, 2004 (aged 93)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
BuriedRonald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
FatherJack Reagan
MotherNelle Wilson
Marital StatusMarried
Sexual OrientationStraight
SpousesJane Wyman
(m. 1940; div. 1949)
Nancy Davis
(m. 1952)
ChildrenChildren by first wife Jane Wyman Reagan:
Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941-2001)
Michael Edward Reagan (adopted) (1945- ) (married to Colleen Reagan, nee Sterns)

Children by second wife Nancy Davis Reagan:
Patricia Ann Reagan (Patti Davis) (1952- )
Ronald Prescott Reagan (1958- ) (married to Doria Reagan, nee Palmieri)
SiblingNeil Reagan
Height6' 1''
Weight84 Kg
EducationEureka College (BA)
Languages KnownEnglish
Field of WorkPolitics
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom
Congressional Gold Medal
Golden Globe Hollywood Citizenship Award
Political affiliationRepublican (1962–2004)
Democratic (until 1962)
Peak net worth (in current dollars)$14.2 million
Zodiac SignAquarius
EyesightNearsighted since childhood.
HearingHard of hearing, especially in the right ear, since an actor fired a pistol near his head during the making of a motion picture. Began wearing a hearing aid in 1983.
His favorite physical activitiesGolf
Horseback riding
Ranch work
Target shooting
After onset of Alzheimer's Disease, favored golf over more strenuous activities.
Data sources1. https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/sreference/facts-ronald
Table last updatedMarch 17, 2020