Profession: US Governor and Presidential Candidate
Why Famous: Stevenson held several political positions in his long career in the US government. After serving in a number of domestic agencies, including the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Federal Alcohol Administration, United States Department of the Navy and the United States Department of State, he moved into international politics by serving on the committee that eventually formed the United Nations.
After serving as the Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, he served as the Democratic Party's nominee for President in 1952 and 1956, but was defeated by Dwight D. Eisenhower in both elections.
After losing the 1960 nomination to John F. Kennedy, Kennedy appointed him as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, where he served from 1961 to 1965. His tenure included the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of the Vietnam War.
Stevenson had a popular reputation for his eloquence and intellectual abilities.
- 1952-11-04 Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson
- 1956-11-06 Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson
- 1962-10-23 Adlai Stevenson speaks at the United Nations about the Cuba crisis
- 1962-10-25 US Ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson demands USSR UN rep Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over"