Adlai Ewing Stevenson II was an American politician, renowned for his eloquence in oratory, intellectual demeanor, as well as for championing liberal causes.
Stevenson came from a political family his grandfather had served as Vice President and continued the same family tradition. He attended Princeton University and then briefly studied law at Harvard,before completing his degree at Northwestern University.
He served as the 31st governor of Illinois and also ran for president in 1952 and 1956; but was defeated both times.Later he served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Stevenson died as a result of a heart attack.