After beginning his legal career in Gettysburg, Stevens became a state legislator and was responsible for the institution of free public education in Pennsylvania a generation earlier than other states. David Wills, an 1851 graduate of Pennsylvania College and a prominent local attorney, apprenticed with Thaddeus Stevens.
Instrumental in gaining 1832's state charter for what became Gettyburg College, Stevens also provided land for the central area of campus where Pennsylvania Hall stands (the building is visible in his portrait). Stevens hall opened in 1868, the year of its namesake's death, when "The Great Commnoner" followed President Lincoln as only the third national figure to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.
Erected by Main Street Gettysburg.
Location. 39° 50.154′ N, 77° 13.875′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Carlisle Street (Pennsylvania Route 34), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along sidewalk in front of Stevens Hall, Gettysburg College. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eddie Plank (1875-1926) (within shouting distance of this marker); Dwight D. Eisenhower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Office of a President (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery K, First Ohio Light Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gettysburg College Rooted in History (about 300 feet away); The Founding of Gettysburg College (about 400 feet away); Daniel Alexander Payne (about 800 feet away); The Battle Arrives (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
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