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Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893–97)

Adlai Ewing Stevenson I (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) served as the 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893–97).

  • Previously, he served as a Congressman from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s.
  • After his subsequent appointment as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States during Grover Cleveland’s first administration (1885–89), he fired many Republican postal workers and replaced them with Southern Democrats.
  • This earned him the enmity of the Republican-controlled Congress, but made him a favorite as Grover Cleveland’s running mate in 1892, and he duly became Vice President of the United States.

In office, he supported the free-silver lobby against the gold-standard men like Cleveland, but was praised for ruling in a dignified, non-partisan manner.

  • In 1900, he ran for Vice President with William Jennings Bryan.
  • In doing so, he became the third Vice President to run for that post with two different presidential candidates (after George Clinton and John C. Calhoun).
  • Stevenson was the grandfather of Adlai Stevenson II, a Governor of Illinois and the unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate in both 1952 and 1956.

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