In July,1952, Chicago hosted the Democratic National Convention. That convention nominated Adlai E. Stevenson II. Chicago again hosted the convention four years later, in 1956, and Stevenson was again nominated Each time, he lost to Dwight David Eisenhower.

The Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952. Richard J. Daley stands in the foreground.

Richard J. Daley (foreground center) with the Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library. RJD_04_01_0010_0004_001