- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) - The post office in Danville has been official renamed for Thaddeus Stevens, the Vermont-born congressman who became known for his efforts to abolish slavery.

Members of Vermont’s congressional delegation spoke at the ceremony in Danville on Saturday. Representatives of the Danville Historical Society and the Thaddeus Stevens Society as well as students from the Thaddeus Stevens School attended.

Stevens was born in Danville in 1792 and went on to represent Pennsylvania in Congress. He led efforts in the Civil War-era to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.

Vermont’s congressional delegation says naming Danville’s post office after Stevens “will help generations of Vermonters recognize the important legislative battles won in the halls of Congress in the Civil War era. Stevens’ leadership during this tumultuous time in our history was invaluable.”

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