Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai Stevenson I
Ewing Stevenson I (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) served as the 23rd
Vice President of the United States (1893–1897). Previously, he served
as a Congressman from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After
his subsequent appointment as Assistant Postmaster General of the United
States during Grover Cleveland's first administration
(1885–1889), he fired many Republican postal workers and replaced them
with Southern Democrats. This earned him the enmity of the
Republican-controlled Congress, but made him a favorite as Grover
Cleveland's running mate in 1892, and he duly became 23rd Vice President
of the United States.
In office, he supported the free-silver
lobby against the gold-standard men like Cleveland, but was praised for
ruling in a dignified, non-partisan manner.
In 1900, he ran for
Vice President with William Jennings Bryan. Although unsuccessful, he
was the first ex-Vice President ever to win re-nomination for that post
with a different Presidential candidate. Stevenson was the grandfather
of Adlai Stevenson II, a Governor of Illinois and twice Democratic
(Bloomington Lodge 43, Illinois)
Photo by Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)