Adlai Stevenson


Adlai Stevenson

Anecdote 1...

Harry Truman finally persuaded Stevenson to campaign for the Democratic nomination in 1952. Stevenson stayed overnight at the White House and was put in the Lincoln Room. He wandered around the room, gazing with awe at the things in it, unable to bring himself to lie in the bed. So he spent the night on the sofa. He was unaware that in Lincoln’s time the bed was not there, but the sofa was.


A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.

~Adlai E. Stevenson

Anecdote 2...

It was probably during his first campaign against Eisenhower that Stevenson was approached by an enthusiastic woman supporter who said to him, “Governor, every thinking person will be voting for you.” Stevenson replied, “Madam, that is not enough. I need a majority.”

Biographical Note: 

Adlai E. Stevenson was a U.S. statesman. He was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations and as governor of Illinois (1949–53) was able to bring about important public reforms. Twice Democratic candidate for the presidency (1952, 1956), he was defeated both times by Dwight D. Eisenhower.