Tuesday, August 16, 2016



Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Sixty years ago today, August 16, 1956, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson* of Illinois was nominated a second time by the Democratic National Convention for the office of President of the United States.

Stevenson won the nomination by a wide margin over contenders Governor Averill Harriman of New York and Senators Stuart Symington of New York and Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas.  Prior to the balloting, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts gave the nominating speech for Stevenson.

In an unprecedented move, Stevenson turned the selection of his Vice-Presidential running mate to the Convention.  Senator Kennedy was narrowly defeated by Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee.  The Stevenson-Kefauver ticket went down to defeat in the general election as the popular President Dwight D. Eisenhower won in a landslide.  Stevenson carried only Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Although Stevenson did not endorse JFK for President before the Convention of 1960, he did campaign for him in the general election.  Governor Stevenson was awarded the Ambassadorship of the United Nations in return.  He served in that position until his death.

*Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900-1965) was born in Los Angeles, CA & grew up in Bloomington, IL.  His grandfather was VP under President Cleveland and his father was Secretary of State of Illinois.

AES served in the US Navy in WWI & attended Princeton University.  He earned his law degree at Northwestern University.  AES served as counsel for the AAA from 1933-1935 & special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.  

AES was governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953.  He purchased a 70 acre estate in Libertyville, IL in 1935.


"Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965," The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers,

Adlai E. Stevenson