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Thaddeus Stevens Portrait
This 1838 portrait of Thaddeus Stevens shows the College’s newly-constructed Pennsylvania Hall, for which he helped secured an $18,000 state grant to build. The large Doric column, like those on the portico of the new structure, symbolizes his commitment to classical learning. In his hand are documents containing the words: common schools, colleges and academies.
Painted by Jacob Eicholtz, this portrait was donated to the College in 1886 by Stevens’ friend Samuel Shock.
Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868)
Stevens was a powerful figure, known for his sharp tongue, his hatred of secret societies and slavery, his strong support for the Union cause and his determination to create a more egalitarian society.
Stevens and Gettysburg College
In 1816, after graduating from Dartmouth law school, Stevens moved to Gettysburg to establish his practice. He remained engaged with Gettysburg College (then Pennsylvania College) for decades, serving on the Board of Trustees.