Thaddeus Stevens

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Stevens, Thaddeus


Born Apr. 4, 1792, in Danville, Vt.; died Aug. 11, 1868, in Washington, D.C. US political figure; lawyer.

Stevens began his political career by supporting the Whigs and later joined the Republican Party. He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1849–53 and from 1859 until his death. He was a leader of the Republican Party’s left wing. During the American Civil War (1861–65), Stevens was a strong advocate of decisive measures in the conduct of the war. After the war, as de facto head of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction, he defended the bourgeois-democratic program of Reconstruction, which provided for total liquidation of slavery, the establishment of equal civil and political rights for Negroes, and the confiscation of the land of plantation owners and its distribution among Negroes and poor whites.

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Student teams that win the regional competition will advance to the statewide competition, which will be held on May 22, 2016, at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.
Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania, who served from 1849 until his death in 1868, espousing the wrong position on slavery in the House could be bad for one's health.
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Secretary Of State William H Seward (David Strathairn) counsels against the motion, but Lincoln is adamant the Bill must be passed before the end of the war and he enlists William N Bilbo (James Spader) and Colonel Robert Latham (John Hawkes) to procure votes while fervent abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) riles the Democrat opposition led by Fernando Wood (Lee Pace).
Directed and produced by Spielberg, it boasts a stellar cast, including Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as fervent abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens in performances that resulted in Oscar nominations.
Viewers who think that today's Washington is a political circus will enjoy the many scenes of historical representatives beating fists on desks and hurling 19th-century insults at each other, the best coming from Tommy Lee Jones' brilliant Thaddeus Stevens, who calls an opponent a "fatuous nincompoop.
Tommy Lee Jones won the best supporting actor trophy for his turn as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln, while Anne Hathaway won her first SAG award in the supporting actress category.
While this is Abe's story, arguably the unsung hero of the piece is the ferocious anti-slavery politician Thaddeus Stevens, who is portrayed in scene-stealing style by Tommy Lee Jones.
Even his allies, like Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), consider the move "rash and dangerous".