Stevenson, Adlai E.

[(ad-lee, ad-lay)]

A political leader of the twentieth century, who served as governor of Illinois and as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. The Cuban missile crisis occurred during his ambassadorship. He was nominated for president twice by the Democratic party against Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1952 and 1956, and lost both times.

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Stevenson was known for his wit and as a “thinking” rather than a crowd-pleasing candidate.
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