“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Ronald Reagan


Ronald Reagan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
1. Ronald Reagan Marker
On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades, he appeared in 53 films.

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry, his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the county as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 48
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Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
2. Ronald Reagan Marker
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for President Jimmy Carter.

Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit. A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challenger Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro. In 1986, Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.

In 1994 Reagan announced that he suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. He spent the next ten years in seclusion and increasingly poor health until his death in 2004.

Famous Ronald Reagan Quotations:

"The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much."

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: "I am from
Ronald Reagan Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
3. Ronald Reagan Statue
the government and I am here to help.

"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face."

"Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., the Former U.S. Presidents: #40 Ronald Reagan, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #41 George H.W. Bush series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 6, 1911.
Location. 43° 30.824′ N, 96° 45.151′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of W 41st St and Western Ave. Located at the north doors of Scheels store. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); James Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soo Skyways Airport (approx. 0.4 miles away); South Dakota Achieve (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wallner Gardens (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit (approx. 0.9 miles away); Yankton Trail Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Great Bend (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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