1849-1853, U.S. House of Representatives – Thaddeus Stevens


This U.S. House of Representative Thaddeus Stevens history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Thaddeus Stevens and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Thaddeus Stevens was born in Danville, Vermont.  He had a club foot and walked with a limp his entire life.  After graduation from Dartmouth College, he studied law, then passed the bar becoming a lawyer in Gettysburg, PA.  A strong opponent of slavery, Stevens became a leader within the radical faction of the Republican Party and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He helped pass the 13th Amendment and did all he could to defeat the Confederacy as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  After the war, he sought to procure equal rights for African Americans during Reconstruction and worked in opposition to the policies of Andrew Johnson.  Stevens helped secure the article of impeachment in the House against President Andrew Johnson.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

Thaddeus Stevens was a member of the U.S. House Representatives from 1849-1853 and again from 1859-1868.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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