Jack Reagan

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Jack Reagan
Born John Edward Reagan
(1883-07-13)July 13, 1883
Fulton, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 18, 1941(1941-05-18) (aged 57)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death heart attack
Resting place Calvary Cemetery,
East Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nelle Clyde Wilson
Children Neil Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Parent(s) John Michael Reagan
Jennie Cusick

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


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.


Journalist Lou Cannon writes that Jack Reagan was an alcoholic in his book Reagan.[citation needed] This may have [weasel words] led to his death on May 19, 1941, at the age of 57 after a series of heart attacks.

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  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. 
  • Angelo, Bonnie (2001). First Mothers: The Women who Shaped the Presidents. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-06-093711-4. 
  • Gullan, Harold I. (2001). Faith of our mothers: The stories of presidential mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush. New York: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 0-8028-4926-1. 
  • Kengor, Paul (2004). God and Ronald Reagan. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-06-057142-X. 
  • Pemberton, William E. (1998). Exit with honor: The life and presidency of Ronald Reagan. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 0-7656-0096-X. 
  • Reagan, Ronald (1990). An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-0025-9.