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More On Thomas Dewey And Adlai Stevenson Bids For The U.S. Presidency

August 11, 2016

As cited in a previous post, in 3 of the 4 presidential elections in which major party nominees, Republican Thomas E. Dewey and Democrat Adlai Stevenson were denied the White House (in his fabulous book 11/22/63 which as you might have guessed, though a novel, deals with the assasination of President Kennedy, prolific and superb author Stephen King makes a point of spelling “White House” correctly), there was little hope of winning all along.

Other factors perhaps mattered, but their opponents Franklin Delano Roosevelt vs Dewey in 1944 and Dwight D. Eisenhower vs Stevenson in both 1952 and 1956, were virtually unbeatable at the time.

However, much was accomplished by Dewey and Stevenson in their campaigns.

Dewey came closer than one might expect vs a man seeking a fourth term as President during a World War. He went on to run and be nominated as the Republican Party candidate in 1948 and stayed a major figure in the Republican Party, helping Eisenhower get elected and essentially launching the national political career of one, Richard Milhous Nixon.

Stevenson, truly a man ahead of his time and one who would achieve fame as United Nations Ambassador under President Kennedy, raised the bar in political campaigns in both 1952 and 1956.

Issues were discussed and at least in 1952 while “Ike” successfully used effective, not negative early television ads, Mr. Stevenson did not, a lesson John F. Kennedy learned and used to his advantage in the 1960 election.

 

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Paul Brown pictured above and Dwight D. Eisenhower were dominant figures in the 1950’s.

 

 

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