Birthplace of Adlai E. Stevenson III
2639 Monmouth Avenue – map
Adlai Stevenson was born in this house on February 5, 1900. The following are eleven things to know about Adlai for your Jeopardy appearance:
1. Stevenson's great-grandfather, Jesse Fell, was the principal founder of the Unitarian Church in Bloomington, Illinois in 1859.
2. His granddad, Adlai Stevenson, was Grover Cleveland’s Vice President.
3. served as special counsel to the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933–34)
4. was assistant general counsel to the Federal Alcohol Bureau (1934)
5. became an assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1941–44)
6. In 1948, he was elected Governor of Illinois by the largest plurality in the state's history.
I took this picture not only for the molding and the hexagonal panes, but also for Adlai's ingenuity in the field of air-conditioning installation.
7. Richard Nixon said he had a “PhD from Dean Acheson's cowardly college of Communist containment.”
8. He ran as the Democratic choice for president twice, in 1952 and 1956, losing to Ike both times.
9. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him Ambassador to the United Nations.
10. His books include Call to Greatness (1954), What I Think (1956), Friends and Enemies (1958), Putting First Things First (1960), and Looking Outward (1963).
11. He died on July 14, 1965, on the steps of London’s U.S. Embassy.
Not to take anything away from the Queen Anne house, which is nice and all, but you have to consider the designation was more a result of sentiment (the declaration came a month after Stevenson died) than for the building's architectural significance.
Adlai Stevenson's birthsite is now student housing for nearby USC.
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