Book Title: Ronald Reagan
Author: Michael Burgan
Biography of: Ronald Reagan
Publisher: DK Publishing
Early Years: Ronald‘s father, Jack, was born in Fulton, Illinois, in 1883. He was a salesman in several Illinois cities. Ronald’s mother, Nelle Wilson, was born in Fulton, Illinois, in 1883 as well. In 1904, the young couple moved to Tampico, where Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. Nelle influenced Ronald by raising him in her faith, the Disciples of Christ. At age 12, Ronald chose to become a member of that religion, while his older brother, Neil, remained in the Roman Catholic Church, like their father. Having a strong faith helped Nelle and Ronald survive some difficult years. Jack Reagan kept up the rambling ways to his youth, often moving his family from town to town. Due to Jack’s employment, the Reagans moved so often that Ronald had little time to form close friendships. Ronald Reagan knew how to read at an early age, learning from his mother before he entered school. Nelle also introduced him to the stage. She had wanted to act, and she encouraged her son’s effort. Despite all the family’s travels, the Reagans managed to stay in Dixon, Illinois, for a long stretch of Ronald’s childhood. He went to high school there, and he was a good student, showing an appreciation for writing. He also played football and swam. Ronald also acted in school plays and served as a president of his senior class. During several summers, Ronald worked as a lifeguard at Lowell Park, which was along the Rock River. Jack suggested he make a notch on a log for each swimmer he rescued, and over the years, Ronald recorded 77 notches. His heroics were sometimes featured on the front page of the local paper. Public Life: In 1932, Ronald entered Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. The school was run by the Disciples of Christ. Attending college was rare during the 1920s, something only children from wealthy families could afford. Ronald was determined to go, and...
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