ADLAI STEVENSON II

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Adlai Stevenson II

Typed Letter Signed - 1956

Typed Letter Signed on personal stationery, 7" x 7.5", dated August 10, 1956, Chicago, Illinois, and titled "CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS", to noted New England architect William Roger Greeley, in full:

Dear Mr. Greeley:

            Your most heartwarming letter has arrived in the midst of the excitement and confusion of Convention time. I am more grateful that I can say for your expression of support and confidence.

            The prospects are bright, but there is hard work ahead!

Cordially,
Adlai E. Stevenson

Three days after Stevenson wrote this letter the 1956 Democratic National Convention began, when he accepted his party's second nomination to be President on the United States. On November 6, Adlai Stevenson suffered his second loss to President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon in a landslide.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON II (1900-1965) was an American politician, noted for his intellectual demeanor and advocacy of liberal causes in the Democratic Party. He served one term as governor of Illinois and ran, unsuccessfully, for president against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956. He served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 to 1965.

Adlai Stevenson's impact is long-lived in popular culture. He has been referenced in television episodes of The Simpsons, The Golden Girls, Happy Days and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Stevenson has also been referenced in films. Most notably, Peter Sellers claimed that his portrayal of President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove was modeled on Stevenson. Stevenson's legendary "Don't wait for the translation" speech to Russian ambassador Valerian Zorin during the Cuban Missile Crisis inspired dialogue in a courtroom scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The historical speech itself is depicted in the 2000 film Thirteen Days. Stevenson is also referenced in Wayne's World 2, Plain Clothes, Annie Hall and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

 

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