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REAGAN, RONALD. (1911-2004). Hollywood actor, governor of California and 40th president of the United States. SP. (“Ronald Reagan”). 1p. Oblong 4to. Washington, N.d. A color photograph of Reagan in the White House with ALFRED H. KINGON (b. 1931), Reagan’s cabinet secretary from 1985-1987 and ambassador the EU from 1987-1989, standing with his wife, son and mother. Inscribed in the lower margin “To the Al Kingon Family – Thank you all for being on board & very Best Regards…”

Following a successful Hollywood career, during which he made more than 50 films, Reagan entered politics campaigning for Senator Barry Goldwater (known as “Mr. Conservative”) during his 1964 presidential bid. Reagan, who had only switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican several years earlier, began to gain prominence within the party and, in 1966, was nominated as the Republican candidate for Governor of California, an office he held on to for two terms before becoming a popular two-term U.S. president. The mixture of liberal and conservative traits embodied by Reagan led to a reshaping of the Republican Party and a phenomenon known as the “Reagan Democrat,” Democrats who vote Republican because of their conservatism on certain issues.

Kingon was a Wall Street investment adviser and publisher of Financial World and Saturday Review who served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce from 1983-1984 and Reagan’s cabinet secretary from 1985-1987, playing “a central role in domestic, agricultural, economic and trade policy,” and the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from 1987-1989, (“Working Profile: Alfred H. Kingon; Being a Fly on White House Wall and Loving It,” The New York Times, Weinraub).

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