April 4, 1792
August 11, 1868 (aged 76)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
|Behind the scenes|
- "Abraham Lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery."
- ―Thaddeus Stevens[src]
Thaddeus Stevens was a Republican leader and one of the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives. As chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Stevens, a witty, sarcastic speaker and flamboyant party leader, dominated the House from 1861 until his death. He wrote much of the financial legislation that paid for the American Civil War. Stevens and Senator Charles Sumner were the prime leaders of the Radical Republicans during the war and Reconstruction era.
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