STEVENSON, Adlai Ewing, III (1930-)
Senate Years of Service: 1970-1981

STEVENSON, ADLAI EWING, III, (Great-grandson of Vice President Adlai Ewing Stevenson), a Senator from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., October 10, 1930; attended grammar schools in Illinois and Milton Academy, Massachusetts; graduated from Harvard College in 1952, and from the law department of the same university in 1957; entered United States Marine Corps as a private in 1952, served as a tank platoon commander in Korea, discharged as a first lieutenant in 1954 and from the Reserves in 1961 with the rank of captain; law clerk to justice of Illinois Supreme Court 1957-1958; admitted to the bar in 1957 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; member, Illinois house of representatives 1965-1967; treasurer, State of Illinois 1967-1970; elected in a special election on November 3, 1970, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term caused by the death of United States Senator Everett M. Dirksen; reelected in 1974, and served from November 17, 1970, to January 3, 1981; was not a candidate for reelection in 1980; chairman, Select Committee on the Senate Committee System (Ninety-fourth Congress), Select Committee on Ethics (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois in 1982 and 1986; discontinued practice of law in 1992; founded and served as chairman of investment banking firm of SCM Investment Management 1992-; is a resident of Hanover, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1970-1980. 770 feet. Includes papers, photographs, audio and video tapes, and films covering Stevenson's public career and family papers. Senate papers include speech files, campaign material, committee work, correspondence and case work, constituent letters, and legislative files. Access restricted.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 8 audiotapes (1970-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1967. 75 leaves. Discusses family life, relationship with parents, memories of father's 1948 campaign, years at United Nations, as governor of Illinois, and political associations. Part of Adlai Stevenson project. Permission required for access and to cite, quote, or reproduce. Also transcripts of interviews with 94 friends and associates on all aspects of his career.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing materials. Finding aid.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Archibald Cox papers, 1862-1978.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in John Barlow Martin papers, 1900-1986 (bulk 1939-1983).

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Oral History: Included on 1 tape recording of famous broadcast bloopers apparently introduced by Bob Levy of Channel 12, WFGA-TV, Jacksonville, FL.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Dewey Anderson papers, 1939-1975.

  • Baker, Jean H. The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family. New York: Norton, 1996.
  • Stevenson, Adlai E., et al. The Citizen and His Government. Edited by W. Lawson Taitte. Andrew R. Cecil Lectures on Moral Values in a Free Society, vol. 5. Dallas: University of Texas at Dallas, 1984.