Stevenson: His Impact on Education, International Affairs, Nixon, and Politics

  • John Brademas


In 1952, while a student at Oxford University in England, on the eve of the presidential election in the United States that year, I joined several other Americans to put on a mock “National Convention” at Rhodes House where I nominated Adlai Ewing Stevenson as the candidate of the Democratic Party for President. I also wrote, for a student journal at Oxford, an essay entitled, “Why I’m voting Democratic in November,” in which I sharply criticized the candidacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower, praised Stevenson, and went so far as to predict a Democratic victory. So politically intense was I and so greatly did I admire Stevenson that I had reprints of my article made and sent to, among others, Paul M. Butler, a lawyer from my hometown of South Bend, Indiana, who was the Democratic National Committeeman for the State, and William McCormick Blair Jr., a Chicago attorney who was Stevenson’s law partner and close associate.


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