Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician, commentator, and former actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as an actor and union leader in Hollywood. Leaving office in 1989, Reagan held an approval rating of sixty-eight percent, matching those of
Franklin D. Roosevelt, and later Bill Clinton, as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the modern era
Reagan began his political career as a liberal Democrat. He joined numerous political committees with a strong left-wing orientation, such as the American Veterans Committee. He fought against Republican-sponsored right-to-work legislation and for Helen Gahagan Douglas in 1950, when she was defeated for the Senate by Richard Nixon. It was his realization that Communists were a powerful backstage influence in those groups, that led him to rally his friends against them.
He attended Dixon High School, where he developed interests in acting, sports, and storytelling.His first job was as a lifeguard at the Rock River in Lowell Park, near Dixon, in 1927. Over a six-year period, Reagan reportedly performed 77 rescues as a lifeguard