The unsung hero of the 1860s and the movie “Lincoln” was Thaddeus Stevens (1792 -1868) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Congressman Stevens, chairman of the powerful House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee, made it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to win the uphill struggle of passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to end slavery. Throughout his life, Thaddeus Stevens had an unyielding commitment to freedom and equal opportunity for all. A native of Vermont, he chose Lancaster in 1842 as the place for his law practice. He is one of our most distinguished citizens, and we are proud that his home/office (pre-1843) on Queen Street still stands. The Historic Preservation Trust led the initiative to save and restore the Thaddeus Stevens house.