On the 27th of March, 752, Stephen, a Roman cardinal-priest of Saint Chrysogonus, was elected pontiff; but two days after his election he died of apoplexy. Many writers, on the ground that, though elected, he was not consecrated, will not admit that he was pope. Bury is not of their opinion, and in his nomenclature includes the name of Stephen II. Monsignor Borgia, afterwards cardinal, follows Francis Vettori in holding that Stephen was pope and should be considered as such.
This biographical data is from "The Lives and Times of the Popes" by The Chevalier Artaud De Montor. Published by The Catholic Publication Society of New York in ten volumes in 1911. The pictures, included in the volumes, were reproduced from " Effigies Pontificum Romanorum Dominici Basae."