Adlai Stevenson II
|Adlai Stevenson II|
Stevenson in 1961
|31st Governor of Illinois|
January 10, 1949 – January 12, 1953
|Preceded by||Dwight H. Green|
|Succeeded by||William Stratton|
|Born||Adlai Ewing Stevenson II
February 5, 1900
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Died||July 14, 1965
London, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Borden (married 1928, divorced 1949)|
|Alma mater||Princeton University
Northwestern University Law School
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American politician. He ran against Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 and 1956 elections, but he lost. He was the grandson of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson. He was also the 31st Governor of Illinois from 1949-1953. He became United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 until his death in 1965.
Early life[change | change source]
Stevenson was born in Los Angeles, California  to Lewis Stevenson and Helen Davis Stevenson. His maternal great-grandfather Jesse W. Fell was a close friend and campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln. His oldest son Adlai Stevenson III became a United States Senator from Illinois from 1970 until 1981. He grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. He studied at Bloomington High School until his junior year. After that he went at University High School in Normal, Illinois. Then he studied at Princeton University and Northwestern University Law School.
Political career[change | change source]
He ran for president six times which were 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960, lost the Democrat primaries to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. He also lost the 1952 and 1956 elections to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stevenson was Governor of Illinois from January 10, 1949-January 12, 1953.
Personal life[change | change source]
After the 1952 and 1956 elections[change | change source]
1960 election[change | change source]
Stevenson tried to run for the nomination in the 1960 election. He lost to Senator John F. Kennedy. Stevenson refused to give the nomination address to John F. Kennedy. After Kennedy won the nomination, Stevenson campaigned for him.
United States Ambassador to the United States[change | change source]
|5th United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
|John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
|James J. Wadsworth|
He was appointed Ambassador to the United States in 1961. Stevenson was one of the choices for Secretary of State but was aware of himself that he was a skilled politician.
Death and funeral[change | change source]
Stevenson suffered a heart attack on the afternoon and died later on July 14, 1965 in London of heart failure. The funeral in Bloomington, Illinois Unitarian Church was attended by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
References[change | change source]
- "Adlai Stevenson". Unitarian Universalist Historical Society. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List, City Declared Monuments" (PDF). Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- "'MASH' star McLean Stevenson dies". CNN. February 16, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter S" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
Other websites[change | change source]
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- Adlai Stevenson at Spartacus Educational