Adlai Stevenson III Collection


Adlai Stevenson III Collection


Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
Stevenson, Adlai E., III (Adlai Ewing), 1930-
Political cartoons
Political campaigns
Presidential candidates
Political candidates
United States. Congress. Senate
Illinois. General Assembly. House of Representatives
Democratic Party (U.S.)


Adlai Stevenson III served as an at-large member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1964-1967. He went on to become the state Treasurer from 1967-1970 before his successful campaign for United States Senator in 1970. He served in the United States Senate until 1981. He ran unsuccessfully for Illinois Governor in 1982 and 1984. Stevenson is a member of the Stevenson political family which includes his father, Adlai E. Stevenson II, the Illinois governor and two-time Democratic presidential nominee, and his great grandfather, Vice President Adlai Stevenson I.

Images in this collection include several political cartoons focusing on Adlai Stevenson II's presidential campaigns and 1960 South American tour, Adlai Stevenson III's gubernatorial campaign, and Democratic party activities from the late 19th century.

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Oh What Fun To Be A Voter
Horses stretch the voter in four different directions representing votes of "Oui," "Non", "Abstention", and "Bulletin Blanc" (Yes, No, Abstain, and Neutral) in this French political cartoon.Caption: "Ah! Quel plaisir d'etre electeur!"

I Like Ike, But I Respect Adlai
A barbershop customer reads his barber's button which states "I like Ike, but I respect Adlai." Bottom left: "To Gov. Stevenson. Best wishes, good luck, and lots of electoral votes. Robert Kraus."

Stockin' Trouble
The Republican elephant hangs his Christmas stocking on a fireplace mantle labeled "'60 Hopes". The Democratic donkey sits nearby debating which of his six ragged stockings labeled "Symington", "Johnson", "Kennedy", "Stevenson", "Humphrey", and…

Moby Dick
Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II, drawn as Captain Ahab, dreams of slaying a whale with the Republican elephant's head. Stevenson's left leg is fitted with a peg reading "'52" while a harpoon labeled "'56" hangs above his desk.

On Safari
Adlai Stevenson II fuels up a bus from a gas pump resembling John F. Kennedy for a trek through South America.

Re-Routing the Traffic
Former President Harry Truman re-routes traffic away from the Adlai Stevenson II campaign and towards New York Governor William A. Harriman's campaign for the presidency. Although Truman supported Stevenson in the 1952 presidential election, he…

The Illinois Mandate
The 1948 Adlai Stevenson II gubernatorial campaign highlighted on corruption in Peoria, linking Governor Dwight Green and Attorney General George Barrett with gang violence and corruption. Stevenson went on to defeat Green in the election.

How Are Things In the States?
Adlai E. Stevenson and President Dwight D. Eisenhower meet after Stevenson's return from a trip to South America in 1960.In April 1960, Stevenson returned from South America and criticized the Eisenhower administration for failing to concentrate…

Another Mystery Satellite
A crowd looks up at a satellite resembling Adlai Stevenson's head while the Republican elephant tells the Democratic donkey, "We're going to track it through South America".

Time Out For a Slight Interruption
Vice President Alden W. Barkley calls for an interruption while giving a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Centennial celebration. Adlai E. Stevenson sits next to him listening to a radio announcement from the President of the United States.Barkley served…

Goodbye Adlai
Adlai Stevenson's shoes rest in front of the U.S. seat at the United Nations. In tribute to his death on July 14, 1965 in London, this cartoon displays the iconic hole in Adlai's sole captured in a photograph by Bill Gallagher during the 1952…

Follow In His Father's Footsteps?
Adlai Stevenson III ponders running for president while looking down a road with shoeprints featuring one shoe with a hole in the bottom in reference to Stevenson's father, former Illinois Governor and two-time presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson…

That Does it!
The 1960 Democratic presidential candidates appear as the children from the nursery rhyme "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe," and the Democratic donkey is the "old woman". Adlai Stevenson II sits inside the shoe with a hole in the sole…

World Peace
John F. Kennedy Administration officials Dean Rusk, Secretary of State (1961-1969); Adlai Stevenson II, Ambassador to the United Nations (1961-1965); and Under Secretary of State Chester Bowles (1961) ride three camels towards a star labeled "World…

The Square Deal
This poster uses the Square Deal to refer to Adlai Stevenson II's legislative agenda should he win the 1952 presidential election by creating connections toPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" legislation and President Harry S. Truman's "Fair…

The World Series
1956 presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower campaign during the 1955 World Series, in which the Brooklyn Dodgers took on the New York Yankees. A fan in rags asks the two candidates about the status of Brooklyn…

Nov. 9, 1949: A Day in the Life of Illinois' Governor
Adlai Stevenson II learns what being a governor in Illinois entails.Cartoon dedication: "To Adlai Stevenson from a grateful spectator. Harry Wood"

Democratic Governors at Atlantic City
Adlai Stevenson II parades before the cheering Democratic governors on the boadwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Cartoon dedication: "Very best of luck to Adlai Stevenson in '56- Regards, Bill Cranford"

Adlai Stevenson and the Bull Fight
Adlai Stevenson II makes a comment to an unidentifed man while watching a bull and matador during a bull fight.

Adlai Stevenson and South America
Adlai Stevenson II appears as "The Thinker" while contemplating South American laborers as represented by a man carrying large bag of coffee beans on his back.In April 1960, Stevenson returned from South America and criticized the Eisenhower…

Let's Start from the Beginning, Foster
Adlai Stevenson II, in the role of a psychologist, takes notes from his patient, Dwight D. Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, in the spirit of bipartisanship.Cartoon dedication: "With best regards to Mr. Adlai Stevenson - Paul…

Adlai Stevenson for President
Adlai Stevenson II campaigns for president in 1952 in Evansville, Indiana, while voters remember the 1892 presidential election in which his grandfather successfully ran for Vice President under Grover Cleveland.Cartoon dedication: "Dear Governor,…

Adlai Starts Tuning the Piano
Adlai Stevenson II tentatively tunes the "Stevenson Candidacy" piano. In 1960, Stevenson, leader of the Democratic party, chose not to actively run for the presidential nomination. Instead, he claimed he would run only if drafted. After a tiff with…

We May Have to Take This Seriously
Adlai Stevenson II locks and bars the door before fleeing for South America for fear of being "drafted" as the 1960 Democratic candidate for president. When he returned from South America in April, he criticized the Eisenhower administration for…

Just Biding His Time
Adlai Stevenson II roasts marshmallows at the 1960 campsite on top of a mountain as other Democratic candidates ascend towards the nomination. In 1960, Stevenson, leader of the Democratic party, chose to not actively run for the presidential…
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