A strong man and hard fighter, Stevens was feared for his unswerving championship of the causes he believed in, abolition, emancipation of slaves, use of paper money as legal tender, army and navy appropriations, etc. He is, perhaps, best remembered for his unflinching determination to apply stringent discipline to the South in Reconstruction Days, and for the impeachment of Johnson. He came from Vermont, and partook of its granite qualities; he was a fighter throughout his career as lawyer in Pennsylvanie, in politics in the House. He had few friends but his integrity was never questioned even by his enemies. Sardonic humor, merciless to his opponents, active in his nation's cause -- he was a power up to his death. Due space is given to the scandals that accrued to his name and fame, but he emerges as a figure of American rugged individualism in the hands of a biographer to whom he is a hero.