1879-1881, U.S. House of Representatives – Adlai Stevenson


This U.S. House of Representative Adlai Stevenson history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Adlai Stevenson and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Adlai Stevenson served as a Congressman from Illinois and was the assistant postmaster general during Grover Cleveland᾽s first administration.  He fired many Republican postal workers, replacing them with Southern Democrats.  As vice president, Stevenson was a symbol of the spoils system.  He reversed his earlier support of greenbacks in favor of Cleveland’s gold standard policy. Adlai Stevenson publicly opposed the Lodge Bill, which would have enfranchised Southern blacks.  He left a legacy of politicians in the Stevenson name.  His son Lewis was Illinois secretary of state, his grandson Adlai Ewing Stevenson II was governor of Illinois and ran for president in 1952 & 1956, and his great-grandson Adlai Ewing Stevenson III was a U.S. senator from Illinois from 1970-1982.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

Adlai Stevenson was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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