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Adlai Stevenson II
AdlaiStevensonII
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1900
Date of Death: 1965
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Unitarian
Occupation: Lawyer, diplomat, politician
Parents: Lewis Stevenson, Helen Davis
Spouse: Ellen Borden (m. 1928, divorced 1949)
Children: Adlai III, Borden, John
Relatives: Adlai Stevenson I (grandfather)
Military Branch: United States Navy
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout;
Armistice
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references (F), Direct (A)
Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American politician and diplomat, noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent public speaking, and promotion of progressive causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois, and received the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1952 even though he had not campaigned in the primaries. Stevenson was defeated in a landslide by Republican Dwight Eisenhower in the general election. In 1956 he was again the Democratic presidential nominee against Eisenhower, but was defeated in an even greater landslide. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination for a third time in the 1960, but was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. After his election, President Kennedy appointed Stevenson as Ambassador to the United Nations. He served from 1961 until his death in London from a heart attack.

Stevenson's grandfather was Adlai Stevenson I, the 23rd Vice President of the United States.

Adlai Stevenson II in The Hot WarEdit

Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois was one of several Democrats who joined the race for the party's presidential nomination after Harry Truman announced in October 1951 that he was not running for a third term. Truman had made this decision as a consequence of the disastrous course of World War III. While Stevenson had a reputation for intelligence and wit,[1] even his fellow Democrats perceived him as being disconnected from the common man.[2]

Stevenson was safely in Illinois the night Soviet Union dropped atomic bombs on Washington, DC in May 1952. Thus, Stevenson was the only Democratic contender to survive the attack.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout, pg. 326.
  2. Ibid., pg. 246, HC.
  3. Ibid., chapter 25.
  4. Armistice, pg. 5, HC.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Dwight Green
Governor of Illinois
1949-1953
Succeeded by
William Stratton
Preceded by
James J. Wadsworth
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
1961-1965
Succeeded by
Arthur Goldberg
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Harry Truman
Democratic Party presidential nominee
1952, 1956 (lost both)
Succeeded by
John F. Kennedy
Political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
Dwight Green
Governor of Illinois
1949-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent as of most recent installment

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