Jack Reagan

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Jack Reagan
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John Edward Reagan

(1883-07-13)July 13, 1883
DiedMay 18, 1941(1941-05-18) (aged 57)
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nelle Clyde Wilson
ChildrenNeil Reagan
Ronald Reagan

John Edward "Jack" Reagan (July 13, 1883 – May 18, 1941) was the father of radio station manager Neil Reagan (1908–1996) and Ronald Reagan (1911–2004), motion picture actor, 33rd Governor of California, and 40th President of the United States of America


Jack's paternal grandfather, Michael O'Regan, was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland. O'Regan worked as a tenant farmer during his early years in Ireland, before he moved to London in 1852. O'Regan married an Irish refugee, Catherine Mulcahey, in London and anglicised his family surname as "Reagan". The Reagans relocated to Carroll County, Illinois in 1856.[1] John Michael, their son, became a grain-elevator farmer, and married Jenny Cusick in 1878. Cusick was born in Canada, but like John Michael, her parents came from Ireland. Their son, John Edward "Jack", was born five years later.[2]

8. Thomas O'Regan
4. Michael O'Regan (Reagan)
9. Margaret Murphy
2. John Michael Reagan
10. Patrick Mulcahey
5. Catherine Mulcahey
1. John Edward "Jack" Reagan[3]
12. Patrick Thomas Cusick
6. Patrick Cusick
13. Jean Gabbert
3. Jennie Cusick
7. Sarah Higgins


At the time of Ronald Reagan's birth in 1911, Jack was working at a store in Tampico, Illinois.


He died on May 19, 1941, at the age of 57 after a series of heart attacks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gullan (2001), p. 320
  2. ^ The New Yorker, Volume 57, Issues 37-41, 1981, p. 45
  3. ^ Reitwiesner, William Addams and Michael J. Wood. "The Ancestors of Ronald Reagan". Retrieved 2008-04-16.


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