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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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  • The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. But there is also, it seems to me, a moment at which democracy must prove its capacity to act. Eve...
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Aug. 28, 1952, New York City. The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 4 (1974). In...
  • ''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.
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