Tommy Lee Jones stars in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as Thaddeus Stevens.
Thaddeus Stevens was an innovator who had an unyielding commitment to freedom and equal opportunity for all. He is considered the father of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which ended slavery, extended equal protection to all citizens, and granted all male citizens the right to vote. Historians have recognized him as one of the most powerful parliamentarians ever to serve in Congress, and as a man who had more influence on his time than many presidents had on theirs.
Stevens was an early advocate for the Emancipation Proclamation. Later, he served as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and hence played a crucial role in Congressional funding for the Civil War. Following the war’s end, he was chief architect of Reconstruction.
Below is a photo of the real Thaddeus Stevens