STEVENSON, Adlai Ewing

STEVENSON, Adlai Ewing
Library of Congress


STEVENSON, Adlai Ewing, (great–grandfather of Adlai Ewing Stevenson III), a Representative from Illinois and a Vice President of the United States; born in Christian County, Ky., October 23, 1835; moved with his parents to Bloomington, Ill., in 1852; attended Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington and Centre College, Danville, Ky., studied law; admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Metamora, Woodford County, Ill.; master in chancery 1860-1864; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1864; district attorney 1865-1868; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; First Assistant Postmaster General 1885-1889; elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket headed by Grover Cleveland in 1892; was inaugurated March 4, 1893, and served until March 3, 1897; was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1900 and for governor of Illinois in 1908; retired from public and political activities and resided in Bloomington, Ill.; died in Chicago, Ill., June 14, 1914; interment in Bloomington Cemetery, Bloomington, Ill.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

[ Top ]

External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1830-1966, 2.3 linear feet. Family papers include correspondence, invitations, certificates, speeches, recipes, research notes, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, unpublished papers, clippings, published materials and genealogical material concerning the private lives and the public careers of Adlai E. Stevenson and his family. An inventory is available in the library.
Papers: Lectures, 1883, 1 volume. Bound typescripts of lectures, covering topics such as California, the history of the U.S. Constitution, and humorous biographical sketches of Lawrence Weldon and Charles Shackleford. This volume is also available on microfilm.
Papers: In the Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Family Papers, 1797-1996, 9 linear feet. Subjects covered include Adlai E. Stevenson. An inventory is available in the library.
Papers: In the William R. Morrison Papers, 1855-1909, 0.58 linear foot. Other authors include Adlai E. Stevenson.
Papers: In the Lewis B. Parsons Papers, 1799-1908, 18.33 linear feet. Correspondents include Adlai E. Stevenson. An inventory is available in the library.
Papers: In the Leonard C. Schlup Papers, ca. 1890-2000, 1 linear foot. Correspondents include Adlai E. Stevenson. An inventory is available in the library.

Cornell University
Rare and Manuscript Collections, Carl A. Kroch Library

Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the Stevenson Family Papers, 1902-1909, 0.1 cubic foot. Subjects covered include Adlai E. Stevenson.

The Filson Historical Society
Special Collections

Louisville, KY
Papers: 1891-1894, 15 items. The papers include correspondence with William McKendree Springer discussing the political activities surrounding efforts to elect William Springer to Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Louis Eller Asher Autograph Collection, 1757-1925, 93 items. Subjects include Adlai Stevenson.
Papers: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1892, 1 item. A letter from Adlai Stevenson to E.K. May, noting the receipt of a letter from E. K. May.

McLean County Historical Society

Bloomington, IL
Papers: In the Ewing Family Papers, ca. 1834-1910, 87 items. Correspondents include Adlai E. Stevenson. A finding aid is available in the repository.

University of Maryland
Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections

College Park, MD
Papers: In the Millard E. Tydings Papers, 1881-1962, 91 feet. Correspondents include Adlai Stevenson. An unpublished guide is also available.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1888, 0.1 cubic foot. A letter from Adali E. Stevenson to John C. Black, the Commissioner of Pensions. The letter concerns an increase in pension for John A. Mallory, a judge in Harama, IL, who was a personal friend of Adlai Stevenson.
[ Top ]

Bibliography / Further Reading

Baker, Jean H. The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family. New York: Norton, 1996.

Biggs, James W. "A rhetorical analysis of the speech making of Adlai E. Stevenson inside and outside the United Nations on major issues during the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Sessions of the General Assembly." Ph.D. diss., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1969.

Clancy, John Patrick. "Adlai Ewing Stevenson and the Bureaucracy of the Democrat Party in the 1950's." Ph.D., United States International University, 1975.

Cook, John W. "The Life and Labors of Hon. Adlai Ewing Stevenson." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 8 (July 1915): 209-31.

Davis, Thomas Richard, Jr. "Integrity and compromise in the public thought and policy positions of Adlai Stevenson." Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 1969.

Keller, Gordon Wilson. "The political ideas and ideals of Adlai E. Stevenson in two presidential campaigns." D.S.S., Syracuse University, 1968.

Schlup, Leonard. "Adlai E. Stevenson and American Foreign Policy, 1893-1900." The Maryland Historian 22 (Spring-Summer 1991): 1-25.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the Bimetallic Monetary Commission of 1897." International Review of History and Political Science 14 (August 1977): 41-55.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the 1900 Presidential Campaign in New Jersey: A Study of Conflict and Compromise in Victorian America." New Jersey History 112 (Spring-Summer 1994): 34-57.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and Southern Politics in 1892." Mississippi Quarterly 47 (Winter 1993-94): 59-78.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the 1892 Campaign in North Carolina: A Bourbon Response to Southern Populism." Southern Studies 2 (Summer 1991): 131-50.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the 1892 Campaign in Alabama." The Alabama Review 29 (January 1976): 3-15.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the 1892 Campaign in Virginia." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 86 (July 1978): 344-54.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the 1900 Campaign in Delaware." Delaware History 17 (Spring-Summer 1977): 191-98.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the Politics of Availability: A Reappraisal of his Political Career." Tamkang Journal of American Studies 11 (Fall 1994): 9-36.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the Presidential Campaign of 1900." Filson Club History Quarterly 53 (April 1979): 196-208.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the Presidential Election of 1892." Filson Club History Quarterly 66 (October 1992): 543-61.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson and the Presidential Election of 1896." Social Science Journal 14 (April 1977): 117-28.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson's Campaign Visits to Kentucky." The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 75 (April 1977): 112-20.

___. "Adlai E. Stevenson's Campaign Visits to West Virginia." West Virginia History 38 (January 1977): 126-35.

___. "The American Chameleon: Adlai E. Stevenson and the Quest for the Vice Presidency in Gilded Age Politics." Presidential Studies Quarterly 21 (Summer 1991): 511-29.

___. "Charles A. Towne and the Vice-Presidential Question of 1900." North Dakota History 44 (Winter 1977): 14-20.

___. "The Congressional Career of the First Adlai E. Stevenson." Illinois Quarterly 38 (Winter 1975): 5-19.

___. "Conservative Counterattack: Adlai E. Stevenson and the Compromise of 1892 with Democrats in Tennessee and the South." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 53 (Summer 1994): 114-29.

___. "Democratic Tallyrand: Adlai E. Stevenson and Politics in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era." South Atlantic Quarterly 78 (Spring 1979): 182-94.

___. "Favorite Sons of Illinois: The First and Second Adlai E. Stevenson and their Roles in American Politics." Social Science Journal 31 (Spring 1994): 39-51.

___. "Founder of a Political Dynasty: The First Adlai E. Stevenson and the American Political Tradition." The Midwest Review 13 (1991): 1-17.

___. "Gilded Age Politician: Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois and His Times." Illinois Historical Quarterly 82 (Winter 1989): 219-30.

___. "Grover Cleveland and his 1892 Running Mate." Studies in History and Society 2 (Fall 1977): 60-74.

___. "In the Shadow of Bryan: Adlai E. Stevenson and the Resurgence of Conservatism at the 1900 Convention." Nebraska History 67 (Fall 1986): 223-38.

___. "The Last Hurrah: Adlai E. Stevenson and the Presidential Election of 1912." Illinois Quarterly 43 (Summer 1981): 30-40.

___. "The Political Career of the First Adlai E. Stevenson." Ph.D. diss., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973."

___. "The Political Letters of the First Adlai E. Stevenson to Grover Cleveland in 1892." Manuscripts 43 (Summer 1991): 127-35.

___. "Presidential Disability: The Case of Cleveland and Stevenson." Presidential Studies Quarterly 9 (Summer 1979): 303-10.

___. "Reluctant Expansionist: Adlai E. Stevenson and the Campaign Against Imperialism in 1900." Indiana Social Studies Quarterly 29 (Spring 1976): 32-42.

___. "Theodore Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson: An Examination of Differenes in 1900." Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal 15 (Spring 1989): 2-7.

___. "Vice-President Stevenson and the Politics of Accommodation." Journal of Political Science 7 (Fall 1979): 30-39.

___. "Vilas, Stevenson, and Democratic Politics, 1884-1892." North Dakota Quarterly 44 (Winter 1976): 44-52.

Sievers, Rodney Merle. "Adlai E. Stevenson: An Intellectual Portrait." Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1971.

Slaybaugh, Douglas Paul. "Adlai Stevenson and Political Public Relations, 1952-1956; or 'The Yolk Was on Him.'" Ph.D. diss., Cornell University, 1981.

Stevenson, Adlai E. Something of Men I Have Known With Some Papers of a General Nature, Political, Historical and Retrospective. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1909.

Wittek, Marie Johnson. "The analysis and evaluation of the concept of democracy in the speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson: A speaker for democracy>" Ph.D. diss., New York University, 1968.

[ Top ]