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Adlai Stevenson, II of Bloomington was the grandson of former Vice President Adlai Stevenson who served with President Grover Cleveland from 1893 to 1897. His father Lewis G. Stevenson was Secretary of State of Illinois during World War I. Gov. Stevenson was elected governor of Illinois in 1948 and served from 1949 to 1953. He was twice nominated by the Democratic Party for President in 1952 and 1956 but lost both times to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed for Stevenson at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles but Chicago Mayor Richard J. Dlaey deliverd the Illinois delegation to Sen. John F. Kennedy. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Gov. Stevenson as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and he served in that post until his death in 1965. The governor's son was Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson, III who served as U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1971 to 1981 but he later lost two races for governor to Gov. Jim Thompson in 1982 and 1986.

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