Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was a Hollywood actor turned politician, who served as governor of California from 1967 to 1975, and as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. A Roosevelt Democrat in his younger days, Reagan converted to conservatism during the 1950s and became the beloved standard-bearer of the Republican Party in the late twentieth century.
Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980 and served two terms in office. His worldview, which combined optimism, patriotism, faith in the free market and skepticism about the government, has become the dominant ideology of our time. Many Americans today consider Reagan to be among our greatest presidents.