Adlai Stevenson


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Adlai Ewing Stevenson (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American politician, noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent oratory, and promotion of liberal causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois, and received the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1952 and 1956; both times he was defeated by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. He sought the ... more »

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  • ''We mean by "politics" the people's business—the most important business there is.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, November 19, 1955, Chicago, Illinois.
  • ''In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes!''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Sept. 26, 1952, Indianapolis, Ind. Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson: 195...
  • ''Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Oct. 8, 1952, University of Wisconsin.
  • ''All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, March 22, 1954, Princeton University.
  • ''We live in an era of revolution—the revolution of rising expectations.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Look (New York, Sept. 22, 1953), The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 5 (1974).
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