Adlai E. Stevenson [1900-1965]

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Adlai Stevenson


Stevenson grew up in Bloomington, Illinois where his family name was well known, since his paternal grandfather, also named Adlai Ewing Stevenson, was vice-president of the United States under Grover Cleveland. After attending prep school in Vermont and Princeton University, he came to Northwestern University Law School, from which he graduated in 1926. He later served as a lecturer on the Law School Faculty. In 1948, Stevenson was elected governor of Illinois, and in 1952 and 1956 he ran for President of the United States, but lost to Dwight D. Eisenhower both times. In 1961, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, a post he held until his sudden death in 1965. His son, Adlai Ewing Stevenson III, was an Illinois State Representative and a United States Senator. His grandson, Adlai Ewing Stevenson IV, graduated from Northwestern in 1978.