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Adlai Ewing Stevenson


Adlai Ewing Stevenson, former United States representative to the United Nations, lawyer. Recipient Distinguished Service award, United States Navy, 1945; Ben Franklin Magazine award, 1953; Merit award Decalogue Society Lawyers, 1952; Notre Dame U. Patriotism award 1963; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting award, 1963; Woodrow Wilson award Princeton University, 1963; fellow Worcester College, Oxford, Morse College, Yale.


Stevenson, Adlai Ewing was born on February 5, 1900 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Lewis Green and Helen Louise (Davis) Stevenson.


Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1922, Doctor of Laws, 1954. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1926, Doctor of Laws, 1946. Honorary degs. Doctor of Civil Law, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Humane Letters from Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Amherst, University of California and many other American and foreign colls. universities.


Began as reporter, editor Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1926, and practiced, Chicago, 1927-1933. Special counsel American Automobile Association, Washington, 1933-1934.

Partner firm of Sidley, Austin, Burgess & Smith, Chicago, 1935-1941. Assistant to secretary of navy, Washington, 1941-1944. Chief Economics Mission to Italy, 1943, War Department Mission to Europe, 1944.

Assistant to secretary of state, Washington, 1945. Adviser United States delegation Conference on International Organisation, San Francisco, 1945. United States minister, chief of the United States delegation Preparatory communications of United Nations, London.

1945; United States delegate General Assembly of United Nations, New York, 1946, 47. Governor of Illinois, 1949-1953. Practice of law, 1955-1960.

Senior partner Stevenson, Rifkind & Wirtz, Chicago, also Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, New York. United States representative to United Nations, 1961-1965. Democratic candidate for President of the United States, 1952, 56.

Assistant to Secretary of State, 1957. Member President’s Cabinet, 1960-1965. Trustee or director numerous companies and philanthropic and educational orgns.

Trustee emeritus University of Illinois. Chairman Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation.


  • Author: Call to Greatness, 1954. What I Think, 1956

  • The New America, 1957. Friends and Enemies, 1958.

    Putting First Things First, 1960. Looking Outward, 1963. Other books and articles.


Served as apprntice seaman, United States Navy Reserve, 1918. Member American, Illinois, New York bar associations, American Academy Arts Sciences, American Society Internal Law, Decalogue Society Lawyers, American Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa (honorary). Clubs: Chicago Attic (Chicago).


Married Ellen Borden, December, 1928 (divorced). Children: Adlai Ewing, Borden, John Fellow.

Lewis Green Stevenson

Helen Louise (Davis) Stevenson

Ellen Borden

Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Borden Stevenson

John Fell Stevenson