Adlai Stevenson II facts for kids
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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|
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
|Branch/service||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.
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.
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.
He married Ellen Borden in 1928 and divorced in 1949. Stevenson is a second cousin, once removed of actor McLean Stevenson. His son is former Illinois Senator Adlai Stevenson III.
After the 1952 and 1956 elections
In 1953, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 1957 he went back to law practice. He was employed part-time by Encyclopædia Britannica.
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
|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.
Stevenson's moments happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis when he gave a presentation at an emergency session of the Security Council on October 25, 1962.
Death and funeral
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.
Images for kids
President Harry S. Truman, vice presidential nominee Alabama senator John J. Sparkman and presidential nominee Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson in the Oval Office, 1952
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