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Adlai Ewing Stevenson I; (1835-1914), American political leader and vice president of the United States. lie was born in Christian county, Ky., on Oct. 23, 1835. An Illinois lawyer active in the Democratic party, he served two terms in the U. S. House of Representatives in the 1870’s. In Congress he advocated low tariffs and a soft-money policy.
During Grover Cleveland’s first term as president (1885—1889), Stevenson, as first assistant postmaster general, was entrusted with the sensitive task of removing some 40,000 Republicans from their jobs as fourth-class postmasters and replacing them with Democrats. As head of the Illinois delegation to the national convention of 1892, he helped to promote the nomination of Cleveland, and was himself selected as running mate in a move toward party unity. With the Democratic victory of that year, Stevenson became vice president, serving through the 1893-1897 term.
In 1897 he was sent to Europe by President William McKinley as member of a commission which sought in vain to encourage international bimetallism. Stevenson failed in two subsequent election campaigns: as William Jennings Rryan’s running mate in 1900 and as gubernatorial candidate in Illinois in 1908. He died in Chicago, 111., on June 14, 1914.