Thaddeus Stevens was born on April 4, 1792. In 1833, Stevens was elected on the Anti-Masonic ticket to the Pennsylvania legislature, where he served intermittently until 1842. He introduced legislation to provide more funds to Pennsylvania's colleges and to put a constitutional limit on state debt. He also refused to sign the new state constitution of 1838, because it did not give the vote to black citizens.
In his later role as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Stevens was a leader of the Radical Republicans during the Civil War and Reconstruction. A fierce opponent of slavery and discrimination against African-Americans, Stevens sought to secure their rights during Reconstruction, in opposition to President Andrew Johnson. He died on Aug. 11, 1868. Paulson is on the Board of Trustees of the Shreiner Concord Cemetery where Stevens is buried.