When seeking the United States presidency, Ronald Reagan ran against then-President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and Walter Mondale in 1984. He won with 489 of the 538 electoral votes, becoming the 40th U.S. president. Reagan was re-elected in 1984 with 525 of the 538 electoral votes.
Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. He originally became an actor and would appear in more than 50 films during his career. He entered politics in the 1960s, becoming governor of California in 1968. He became president on January 20, 1981. He survived an assassination attempt 69 days later. Reagan is credited with helping to end the cold war abroad and with strengthening the economy at home. He died on June 5, 2004 at the age of 93.