Ronald Reagan had a small family that wasn’t very well off. He grew up with one older brother named Neil, his father Jack and his mother Nelle. While Ronald was born in Tampico, Illnois his childhood was truly molded as his family settled down in Dixon.
Both of Ronalds parents were democratic and incredibly religious. He followed his mother’s footsteps, joining the church of the Disciples of Christ as his older brother Neil was raised as a Catholic just like their father. Some say that Ronald got his political chops from his father who was a dedicated Democrat. At a point in time he was appointed as director of Works Progress Administration for his contributions, an agency that gave jobs to the jobless under the Roosevelt administration.
Ronald had always been active throughout high school and college. He graduated from Dixon High School in 1928 and enrolled at Eureka College in the same year. Throughout his schooling he played various sports such as football and baseball. He was even president of the student council, wrote for the school paper, was editor of their college yearbook and did theatre. His first taste of politics was his stint representing students of Eureka as they held a strike to restore classes that was eliminated due to the college’s financial constraints. This led to the resignation of the college president.
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