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Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)
 
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Adlai Stevenson's Briefcase
1961-1965

America's UN ambassador during the Cuban missile crisis
This brown leather briefcase was used by Adlai Stevenson during his career as an attorney and possibly later as American ambassador to the United Nations between 1961 and 1965. Stevenson, who twice lost to Dwight Eisenhower in presidential elections, played a key role in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. In a gripping exchange with Soviet ambassador Zorin on October 25, at the United Nations, Stevenson asked about the missiles on the Caribbean island. When Zorin did not answer, Stevenson proceeded to show American reconnaissance photographs of the Soviet missiles to a stunned audience.

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Adlai E. Stevenson, born February 5, 1900, Los Angeles, CA; died July 14, 1965, London, England
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· Adlai E. Stevenson and the Cuban Missile Crisis
· Stevenson Quotes
· American Diplomacy
· Dwight D. Eisenhower, Thirty-fourth President, 1953-1961
· "Adlai E. Stevenson," From The White House or Bust

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