Stevenson, Adlai III

Adlai Stevenson III, son of the Democratic candidate for President in 1952 and 1956, was a prominent political figure in his own right, having served as a U.S. Senator during the 1970s. But his ultimate goal was to serve as governor, and he made his first run for that office in 1982 against Governor 'Big' Jim Thompson. Stevenson lost by the thinnest of margins, and immediately contested the vote, alleging vote fraud in reliably Republican DuPage County. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled against him, and Thompson began his third term. Stevenson ran again in 1986, and his prospects looked good - until two Lyndon LaRouche candidates won in the Democratic primary. Stevenson had little choice but to run as an independent, and lost by a large margin.