Governor Terry Sanford, Governor Luther Hodges, Adlai Stevenson, and Mayor Emanuel “Mutt” Evans

Governor Terry Sanford, Governor Luther Hodges, Adlai Stevenson, and Mayor Emanuel “Mutt” Evans

Left to right, Terry Sanford, Luther Hodges, Adlai Stevenson, and Mutt Evans.

On October 21, 1960, two-time presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson came to Durham while campaigning for John F. Kennedy. After speeches by Durham Mayor Mutt Evans and North Carolina Governor Luther Hodges, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry Sanford introduced Stevenson to the crowd gathered at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. After being introduced by Evans as “the greatest man to come to Durham in a decade,” Stevenson took the stage to deliver a politically charged speech focused mostly on America’s foreign policy. With the 1960 election fast approaching, Stevenson could not avoid a shot at Kennedy’s opponent, Duke University School of Law graduate and current Vice-President Richard Nixon. “The reason I’m here,” Stevenson said to the crowd of 7,500, “is to send Nixon back to the profession for which Duke so eloquently prepared him.”