One of the most popular modern era presidents was the late President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004). Although his life had humble beginnings, Reagan began to shine early on. In high school he was an accomplished athlete, student body president, and starred in school plays. Reagan also worked as a lifeguard during the summers.
A STRIKING YOUNG RONALD REAGAN EARNING EXTRA MONEY & SAVING LIVES DURING SUMMERS
Reagan continued his personal successes at Eureka College, in Illinois, playing football, running track and as captain of the swim team. He demonstrated his natural leadership as student council president and pursued his love for acting in college productions. Reagan's first job, after college graduation, was at a radio station as a sports announcer.
AT EUREKA COLLEGE - A YOUTHFUL RONALD REAGAN
NEARLY READY TO FACE THE WORLD
After experiencing some success as an actor in Hollywood, Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California for two terms from 1967 to 1975. With his eyes on the presidency, Reagan tried but was unsuccessful in capturing the Republican nomination in 1968 and 1976. But his persistence paid off when Ronald Reagan was elected the fortieth US President in 1980.
RONALD REAGAN - SO OFTEN GENTLEMANLY & CONGENIAL
The greatest proof of Reagan's popularity lies in the results of his re-election campaign. In November 1984, the President captured 49 of 50 states' electoral votes.
The Reagan administration is remembered for cutting taxes, increasing defense spending, and negotiating Soviet nuclear arms reduction, which brought an end to the Cold War. Reagan survived an assassination attempt in 1981, but succumbed to the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease in 2004.
RONALD REAGAN - A PRINCIPLED & GIFTED LEADER
Ronald Reagan was the only U.S. president that had been divorced. He was first married to Jane Wyman, mother of Maureen and their adopted son Michael. Their marriage lasted a mere eight years.
Reagan met Nancy Davis through his leadership position at the Actor's Guild. In 1952 Ronald and Nancy married and together they had two children, Ronald and Patricia.
THE RONALD AND NANCY REAGAN FAMILY
AT THE WHITE HOUSE - JANUARY 2O, 1981
TO INCLUDE THEIR EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS
Maureen Reagan (1941-2001) tried her hand at politics like her father but was unsuccessful. She also shared her father’s love for the stage, appearing in films and on television. Maureen Reagan became an active supporter of the Alzheimer's Association following her father’s diagnosis. Sadly Maureen Reagan died of melanoma in 2001.
Michael Reagan (1945-) had a successful nationally-syndicated radio talk show for many years. Michael was an accomplished athlete and he shared Reagan’s taste for conservative politics.
Patricia Reagan Davis (1952-) did not agree with the views of her parents. Early on she voiced her liberal viewpoints and participated in many activities that no-doubt embarrassed and troubled her parents. Patricia returned to her mother’s side and supported her when Reagan’s health was deteriorating.
Ronald (1958-) grew up in the midst of Reagan’s California governorship. Like his brother Michael, Ron enjoyed a successful career as a radio talk show host, but with an outspoken liberal point-of-view. Ron Reagan continues to make appearances on popular shows such as Chris Matthews show on CNN.
A HANDSOME PRESIDENTIAL COUPLE - THEY WERE A DEVOTED TEAM ALWAYS
Although the Reagans were considered to be more elegant than the laid back Carters before them, President Reagan would often be filmed or photographed at work at his ranch or at ease on his horse during vacations. At the opening of "The American Cowboy" exhibit at the Library of Congress in 1983, Reagan said:
“. . . The difference between right and wrong seems as clear as the white hats that the cowboys in Hollywood pictures always wore so you'd know right from the beginning who was the good guy. Integrity, morality, and democratic values are the resounding themes…”
ONE OF RONALD REAGAN'S MANY COWBOY ROLES
The other side of this Hollywood cowboy is apparent in the elegant touch he and Mrs. Reagan added to the White House. Of all the former Official White House China selections, the Presidential China designed for the Reagan White House, in 1982 is the most elegant. Mrs. Reagan spent hours of her time working out the details of how her signature scarlet red, heavily accented with a cross-pattern of gold, would be incorporated. The color was especially striking in the newly designed state dining room. The gold wide and the intricate details of the eagle crest were also of the First Ladies choosing.
THE STUNNING REAGAN 1982 WHITE HOUSE CHINA - FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX
Examples of Ronald Reagan White House China, as well as other Presidential pieces of china may be available, directly from Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. Availability is normally determined by Mr. Amyx having in excess of two or three different examples of various styles of Presidential pieces. Example: If there are four different pieces of the exact same President, style and diameter, then one may be available for sale or trade. Also, Mr. Amyx is actively purchasing Presidential pieces just as often as he possibly can.
RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR