Ronald Reagan

official photo of Ronald Reagan, c. 1981

Birth Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan

Date of Birth: February 6, 1911

Place of Birth: Tampico, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: June 5, 2004

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*50% Irish
*25% Scottish
*25% English

Ronald Reagan was an American politician and actor. A Republican, he was the 40th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. He was elected to the position in 1980 and 1984. He was previously President of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1947 to 1952, and again from 1959 to 1960, and Governor of California, from January 2, 1967 to January 6, 1975.

He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968 and 1976.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 1976 presidential election.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1980, and for 1983 (sharing the latter award with Yuri Andropov).

President Reagan was the son of Nelle/Nell Clyde (Wilson) and John Edward Reagan. His first wife was actress, singer, dancer, and philanthropist Jane Wyman, with whom he had three children, Maureen, political commentator Michael Reagan, and Christine. His second wife and First Lady was actress Nancy Reagan, who had acted under the name Nancy Davis. Ronald and Nancy co-starred in one film together, Hellcats of the Navy (1957), playing love interests. The two were married until his death, and had two children, radio host and political analyst Ron Reagan and actress and author Patti Davis.

President Reagan’s father was of Irish descent. President Reagan’s mother was of Scottish and English ancestry, partly by way of Canada. President Reagan’s father was Catholic and his mother was of the Disciples of Christ faith; he was raised in his mother’s religion, and later attended a Presbyterian church.

All eight of President Reagan’s great-grandparents were born outside of the United States, a rarity among American Presidents.

President Reagan’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Reagan (the son of Michael Reagan/O’Regan and Catherine Mulcahey). John was born in Peckham, Kent, England, to Irish parents. President Reagan’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Reagan/O’Reagan/O’Regan. Catherine was the daughter of Patrick Mulcahey/Mulgahy.

President Reagan’s paternal grandmother was Jane “Jennie” Cusick (the daughter of Patrick Cusick and Sarah A. Higgins). Jane was born in Dixon, Lee, Illinois, to Irish parents. Patrick was likely the son of Patrick Thomas Cusick and Jean Gabbert.

President Reagan’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Wilson (the son of John Wilson and Jane Blue). Thomas was born in Clyde Township, Whiteside, Illinois, to a father from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and to a mother who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, to Scottish parents. Jane was the daughter of Donald Blue, from Argyllshire, and Catharine/Catherine “Kate” McFarlain.

President Reagan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Elsey (the daughter of Robert Elsey and Mary Baker). President Reagan’s grandmother Mary Ann was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. Robert was the son of Henry Elsey and Susannah Hill. President Reagan’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of John Baker and Ann.

Sources: Genealogies of President Reagan –

Notes on President Reagan’s Irish ancestry –

Marriage records of President Reagan’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Elsey and Mary Baker –


Curious about ethnicity

22 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Any traceble Welsh ancestry? I see alot of british-americans have these English/Scottish/Irish combo but with no (traceble) Welsh ancestry, the opposite with a lot of british celebs, especially english, that have some considerable amount of Welsh in their background.

  2. Aiden says:

    What a legend

  3. madman says:

    President Kennedy’s great-grandparents were also all born outside of the United States.

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