Adlai Stevenson II was the Democratic nominee that ran against Eisenhower both in 1952 and 1956, but was unsuccessful both times. He tried for a third time to get the Democratic nomination in 1960. However he was bested by John F. Kennedy. His political philosophy was best described as being of the old school classic liberal flavor which was heavily influenced by his progressive Christianity of his Unitarian Denomination, although Unitarianism of today is more of a humanist organization and not necessarily Christian. He was well known for having a great sense of humor that was of the dry kind. Below is an example of his humor where he vetoes legislation while governor of Illinois that would have barred cats from roaming freely outside for the sake of saving birds.
“It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming…the problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to solve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problem of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency. For these reasons, and not because I love birds the less or cats the more, I veto and withhold my approval from Senate Bill No. 93.”