Adlai Stevenson III Biography

Adlai Stevenson III was an American Politician Senator. Read this Biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Adlai Stevenson III

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 10 October 1930
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Libra
Father: Adlai Stevenson II
Children: Adlai Stevenson IV
Education: Harvard Law School

Adlai Stevenson III is one of the influential American politicians who served the state of Illinois in the American senate from 1970 to 1981. He currently holds the position of the co-chairman of the PECC's Financial Market Development Project, a member of the U.S.-Korea Wisemen Council. He is also one of the members of the Board of Directors of the Korea Economic Institute.

Early Life & Career

Born in Chicago Adlai Stevenson III, received his education from the Milton Academy in Massachusetts and then the Harrow School in England. In 1952, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea as a lieutenant. He left the Marine Corps in 1954 but, he remained appointed in the marine reserves till 1961. Stevenson attended the Harvard Law School from where he graduated in 1957.
Stevenson joined the Illinois Supreme Court in 1957 and left a year later to work at a law firm. In 1964, Stevenson was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where he served from 1965 to 1967. He was then appointed as the Illinois Treasurer, the position which he held till 1970. He was elected to USA Senate once in 1970 and again in 1974. Twice, in 1982 and 1986 Stevenson ran for Governor of Illinois but lost both the times lost to James R. Thompson. He was also persuaded to run for the office of President of the USA which he promptly declined. He was also one of the finalists for the Vice Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. After serving as a senator, Stevenson has been active in business and cultural relations with East Asia. He holds the position of the chairman of SC&M Investment Management Corporation, and is also co-chairman of HuaMei Capital Company. He was also the chairman of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, Japan-America Society of Chicago, and the Midwest U.S.-China Association. He was also the President of the U.S. Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
Stevenson was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the government Japan. He is an Honorary Professor of Renmin University in China.


Illinois State Treasurer, 1967–1971
United States Senator (Class 3) from Illinois, 1970–1981

Famous Associations

Adlai E. Stevenson I, the great-grandfather of Adlai Stevenson III was the Vice President of the United States from1893 to1897. His grandfather Lewis G. Stevenson served as the secretary of state (1914–1917) from Illinois. His father, Adlai Stevenson II, served as the governor of Illinois, Ambassador to the United Nations, and was nominated by the Democratic Party for the office of the President of the USA. Actor McLean Stevenson was his third cousin. Stevenson III's son, Adlai Stevenson IV was an eminent TV reporter.


1930: Adlai Stevenson III was born on October 10 in Chicago, USA.
1952: He joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
1954: He left the Marine Corps.
1957: He graduated from Harvard Law School.
1964: Stevenson was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.
1970: He was elected to USA Senate.
1974: Stevenson was re-elected to the US Senate for the second time.
1982/86: Stevenson ran for Governor of Illinois but lost on both the occasions.

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May 24, 2019

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