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Who Was Adlai E. Stevenson?
Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (Feb. 5, 1900-July 14, 1965) was one of the most famous public figures in America during the middle of the 20th Century. He was the Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States in 1952 and 1956, served one term as governor of the state of Illinois (1948-52), and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Cuban missile crisis.

Stevenson's father, Lewis, was Illinois Secretary of State from 1914-1917, and his grandfather, Adlai E. Stevenson, was the nation's 23rd vice president, serving under President Grover Cleveland from 1893-1897. Stevenson was regarded as one of the most intelligent and finest orators in American political history.

For much of his adult life, Stevenson lived on St. Mary's Road near Libertyville. His home today has been transformed into the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. In June 1965, Stevenson died of a heart attack. District 125 school board members voted in July 1965 to name the newly formed district and its new high school in his honor. Adlai E. Stevenson High School opened in August 1965.