The Great Commoner
Volume 20, No. 2 www.thaddeusstevenssociety.com Fall 2018
Goal of $60,000 in pledges reached for Gettysburg Statue
We made it.
The Thaddeus Stevens Society has achieved our goal of obtaining $60,000 in pledges to erect a
Thaddeus Stevens Statue in Gettysburg. Now we have to find a sculptor and location for the statue.
(For story, click here: Statue)
Thaddeus Stevens Society meeting on November 4
The Thaddeus Stevens Society will meet on Sunday, November 4, at 1 p.m. at the home of Society
President Ross Hetrick at 27 E. Stevens Street in Gettysburg, PA. The event will be a cookout with
hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks supplied. Side dishes and deserts are welcomed but not required.
Matters to be decided are the process to find a sculptor and location for a Gettysburg statue of
Thaddeus Stevens and nominations of officers for the next two years. After the business meeting there
will be a walking tour of Stevens sights in the area. If you plan to attend, please call 717-253-0099 or
Seven events held to mark the 150th anniversary of the
Fourteenth Amendment and Stevens's death
The 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and the death of Thaddeus
Stevens were observed at seven different events from April through September in Lancaster, PA. (For
story, click here: Fourteenth) For pictures of the events, click here: Pictures
Thaddeus Stevens's Quote:
"My sands are nearly run, and I can only see with the eye of faith. I am fast descending the
downhill of life, at the foot of which stands an open grave. But you, sir, are promised length of days
and a brilliant career. If you and your compeers can fling away ambition and realize that every
human being, however lowly-born or degraded, by fortune is your equal, that every inalienable right
which belongs to you belongs also to him, truth and righteousness will spread over the land, and you
will look down from the top of the Rocky mountains upon an empire of one hundred millions of
happy people." -- July 7, 1868.