How We Drafted Adlai Stevenson

How We Drafted Adlai Stevenson

How We Drafted Adlai Stevenson

How We Drafted Adlai Stevenson

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The nomination of Adlai Stevenson for President on the Democratic Party ticket in 1952 was unique. Although nominees had been drafted before -- Charles Evans Hughes in 1916 and James Garfield in 1880 -- this was the first draft in which citizens without assignment played a major role.

The role was not unique only because of the results achieved, but also because these citizens helped organize the machinery of the draft. Whether Adlai Stevenson would have been nominated if there had been no Draft Stevenson Committee is not for members of that committee to say.

This book was written to record what occurred, as it occurred, and why -- in so far as we had direct knowledge of it and participated in it.

If there is any question about the use of direct quotations from people in those hectic days of the Convention, this is the place perhaps to point out that I kept detailed notes of the conversations and of the meetings recorded in this book.

The Convention story is related here on a day-by-day -- and frequently hour-by-hour -- basis as the only means of revealing the tempo, the tension, and the impact of events and explaining in proper perspective the major aspects of our work. On occasion we had to find a phrase that would explain what we were doing. This frequently was given to us in various forms by some members of the press, ra-

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