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Adlai Stevenson was born in 1835 and grew up to study law. He became interested in politics during the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858. Stevenson began his long history in U.S Politics at the age of 25 as a master in chancery, which is an aide in a court of equity. He was a two time congressman, from 1875-77 and 1879-81. In 1885, he was appointed the Assistant Postmaster General by Grover Cleveland, who was a friend of a friend. His political career varied and he fell in and out of favor of Republicans and Democrats, but Adlai eventually ran with Grover Cleveland as the Vice President on the ticket for Cleveland’s second term. Adlai was seen as someone who could unite all the factions of the Democratic party. They won the 1892 election with voting day on November 1st. Adlai ran a few unsuccessful campaigns for President, Vice President, and even the Governor of Illinois before retiring to a private estate in 1908.
His grandson, Adlai Stevenson II, served as Illinois Governor twice and unsuccessfully ran for President twice in the 1950's while his great grandson, Adlai Stevenson III was a U.S senator from 1970-1981 and ran unsuccessful campaigns to be the Governor of Illinois in the 1980's.