Description: In this 1960 letter to Dean Harlan Cleveland of the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965) briefly discusses his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination against John F. Kennedy. The 1960 campaign was Stevenson’s last bid for president, having suffered two previous defeats in 1952 and 1956 by Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the letter, written shortly before his eventual loss to Kennedy, Stevenson inquires about Cleveland’s potential interest in writing a campaign editorial because of “this remarkable statement of yours in the current Saturday Review – in which you say precisely what I wish I would have said at Seattle.”
Stevenson added a handwritten note at the end that reads: “PS. May be Seattle would be a good place to talk about the illusions and fictions of U.S. policy in Asia, the rise of Red China and policy decisions one faces.”
After Kennedy became President, he appointed his former opponent as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, a position Stevenson held from 1961 until his death in 1965. Before his campaigns for President, Stevenson served as the Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953. He is remembered for being a popular public speaker known for his intelligence and self-deprecating humor.
Typed on Stevenson’s personal stationery bearing his Chicago address. 10 ½” x 7 ¼”. Item #A00908.
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition with a bold signature and many words in his hand as a postscript.