Stevenson, Adlai


Stevenson, Adlai

▪ vice president of United States [1835-1914]
in full  Adlai Ewing Stevenson 
born Oct. 23, 1835, Christian County, Ky., U.S.
died June 14, 1914, Chicago, Ill.
 23rd vice president of the United States (1893–97) in the Democratic administration of President Grover Cleveland (Cleveland, Grover).

      Stevenson was the son of John Turner Stevenson, a tobacco farmer, and Eliza Ann Ewing. After studying law, he began his practice in Metamora, Ill. Stimulated by the famous Lincoln–Douglas Debates (Lincoln-Douglas debates), which took place during the Illinois senatorial campaign of 1858, he became active in local and national politics and was appointed to his first public office as a master in chancery of Woodford County's circuit court in 1860, a position he held throughout the American Civil War. He served as a presidential elector for General George McClellan (McClellan, George B), the failed Democratic Party candidate in the 1864 presidential election. In 1865 he was elected state's attorney and twice won election to the United States House of Representatives (Representatives, House of) (1875–77; 1879–81), where he favoured low tariffs and a soft-money policy. He also played a conspicuous role in the congressional debate over the disputed presidential election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes (Hayes, Rutherford B.) and Samuel J. Tilden (Tilden, Samuel J), which was decided by a special Electoral Commission.

      As first assistant postmaster general under President Cleveland (1885–89), Stevenson received the enmity of the Republican Party for his removal of thousands of Republican postmasters throughout the country. After unsuccessfully seeking the vice-presidential nomination in 1888, Stevenson was named associate justice of the Supreme Court for the District of Columbia, though the Republican-controlled Senate blocked his nomination. When Cleveland was renominated in 1892, Stevenson was selected as the vice-presidential candidate who could best unite all factions of the party. As vice president, he strongly supported Cleveland's policies and won wide admiration for his impartiality as presiding officer of the Senate. After failing to capture the Democratic nomination in 1896, he was appointed by President William McKinley (McKinley, William) to serve as chairman of a commission sent to Europe to work for international bimetallism. Afterward he ran unsuccessfully for vice president (1900) and for governor of Illinois (1908). His grandson, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (Stevenson, Adlai E), served as a governor of Illinois and was twice an unsuccessful candidate for president (1952 and 1956).

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