U.S. Capitol Visitor Center U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Go Back

Go to Interactive Version


Representative Thaddeus Stevens

Representative Thaddeus Stevens

Pennsylvania Representative Thaddeus Stevens fought vehemently for equal rights for all citizens. He served in the House of Representatives from 1839 to 1853, and again from 1859 until his death in 1868. During the Civil War, Stevens chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which gave him enormous influence over the Union’s domestic agenda.

John Sartain after a photograph by C.W. Eberman, engraving, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: J.E. Barr, ca. 1867, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress