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Lewis Green Stevenson (August 15, 1868 – April 5, 1929) was an American politician. He was the Illinois Secretary of State from 1914 to 1917 and a member of Illinois' political Stevenson family.[1]

Lewis Stevenson
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23rd Secretary of State of Illinois
In office
October 14, 1914 – January 6, 1917
GovernorEdward F. Dunne
Preceded byHarry Woods
Succeeded byLouis L. Emmerson
Personal details
Louis Green Stevenson

(1868-08-15)August 15, 1868
Chenoa, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 1929(1929-04-05) (aged 60)
Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Helen Louise Davis
Children2, including Adlai Stevenson II
ParentsAdlai Stevenson I
Letitia Stevenson

Born in Chenoa, Illinois, Stevenson was educated in the Bloomington public schools, at Phillips Exeter Academy, and at Illinois State Normal University (now Illinois State University). He died of a heart ailment, at his home, in Bloomington, Illinois.[2][3][4]

Stevenson's father, Adlai Ewing Stevenson I, was the Vice President of the United States from 1893 to 1897. Stevenson's son, Adlai Ewing Stevenson II, was the Governor of Illinois, the Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956 and later the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. His grandson, Adlai Ewing Stevenson III, is a former U.S. senator from Illinois. The actor McLean Stevenson was his first cousin twice removed.

Helen Louise Davis

Lewis Stevenson married Helen Louise Davis, daughter of Pantagraph publisher W. O. Davis and granddaughter of Jesse Fell. They had two children, Elizabeth "Buffy" and Adlai Ewing Stevenson II.

Lewis followed in his father's footsteps as a Democratic Party leader. He served as his father's private secretary while his father was Vice President of the United States. Later, Lewis served as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Pardons, president of the Illinois Centennial Commission, and as Secretary of State under Governor Edward Dunne. He took an active part in the national conventions of the Democratic party and was frequently consulted on party policy.


  1. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Stevenson to Steward".
  2. ^ 'Lewis G. Stevenson, Democratic Leader, Dies At Age Of 61,' Chicago Tribune, April 6, 1920, pg. 4
  3. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1914-1916,' Biographical Sketch of Lewis Stevenson, pg. 12
  4. ^ 'Lewis Stevenson, Former Secretary, Dies In Bloomington,' The Decatur Evening Herald (Illinois), April 2, 1929, pg. 1

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