Letitia Stevenson

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Letitia Stevenson
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Second Lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897
Preceded byAnna Morton
Succeeded byJennie Tuttle Hobart
Personal details
Born(1843-01-08)January 8, 1843
DiedDecember 25, 1913(1913-12-25) (aged 70)
Bloomington, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Adlai E. Stevenson I
RelationsAdlai Stevenson II, Adlai Stevenson III, Adlai Stevenson IV
ChildrenLewis G. Stevenson
 
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Letitia Stevenson
150pdx
Second Lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897
Preceded byAnna Morton
Succeeded byJennie Tuttle Hobart
Personal details
Born(1843-01-08)January 8, 1843
DiedDecember 25, 1913(1913-12-25) (aged 70)
Bloomington, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Adlai E. Stevenson I
RelationsAdlai Stevenson II, Adlai Stevenson III, Adlai Stevenson IV
ChildrenLewis G. Stevenson

Letitia Green Stevenson (January 8, 1843 — December 25, 1913) was the wife of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I who served in the second administration of President Grover Cleveland.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Letitia Stevenson was born on January 8, 1843. She was the daughter of Presbyterian Reverend Lewis W. Green (1806-1863) who was the head of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Marriage and adult life[edit]

They married in 1866 after a nine-year courtship. Her parents did not approve the marriage but by then her father had died and her mother had moved away. They had three daughters and one son, Lewis G. Stevenson who became the Illinois secretary of state and father of Illinois Governor and 1952 and 1956 Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. Their great-grandson, Adlai Ewing Stevenson III, was a U.S. senator from Illinois from 1970 to 1981 and an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1982 and 1986.

She suffered from severe rheumatism and migraine headaches that often forced her to wear leg braces. Nonetheless, she was described as a "keen observer and judge of people, and a charming hostess"".[1] She helped establish the Daughters of the American Revolution to try to heal the divisions between North and South after the Civil War and succeeded Mrs. Benjamin Harrison as President General.

Death[edit]

She died aged 70 in 1913.[2]

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Anna Morton
Second Lady of the United States
1893–1897
Succeeded by
Jennie Tuttle Hobart