MBTI Type: ENTJ
Stevens has a rational argument for everything he poses, even if others aren’t responsive to it. He says once they win the war, they should seize property in the South and break it up into independent working farms they turn over to the freed slaves, so they are set up in an industry and can learn to take care of themselves and turn a profit. He’s so firm on these convictions that he creates division in Congress rather than support, by attacking people. He gives no quarter to “the enemy” (the Rebels) and focuses on any and all ways to defeat them, demoralize them, and bring them to heel. He often conflicts with Seward, because they disagree on the best way forward. Stevens advocates for more “vengeance,” than forgiveness. Rather than working inside the system (like an ESTJ might), Stevens wants to destroy it and replace it with something else. He’s narrow-minded, focused, and insistent on his absolute positions on everything, and it’s difficult for him to even consider compromising for the greater good (he does keep his mouth shut, temporarily, for the Cause, but after an opponent goads him, he denounces him as an idiot, spews out a string of insults, and marches out of the Congress). He often is impulsive, worsening situations through firing off an answer, rather than approaching them with more deliberation and tact. Stevens has thought long and hard about his beliefs and come up with unshakable virtues; he believes Slaves are the Equal to any white man, and should have equal treatment under the law. He advocates for this, pushes it whenever he can, and doesn’t and won’t understand anyone who disagrees with this. Where Lincoln worries about the slaves not fitting into the society that once enslaved them, Stevens believes they can and should carve out a place for themselves. He neither thinks about nor cares what anyone says about him, and doesn’t even mind Mary Todd Lincoln trying to reprimand him in public.
Enneagram: 8w7 so/sp
Compromise? For wimps! Sevens has a notorious reputation for being a hard-hitting man, who lambasts his opponents with vicious insults, who tears down their character in public, and all but challenges them to a duel. His speeches all eventually descend into personal attacks about how stupid, corrupt, etc., his opponents are, and how morally repugnant and repulsive their political stances are. Rather than advocate for forgiveness for the South after the war, Stevens wants to make them pay for their crimes against the Union. He doesn’t like Lincoln and doesn’t bother to hide that fact. When others prod at him, he hits them back twice as hard, because a discussion isn’t a good one unless voices are raised. Even when others ask him to compromise and keep his mouth shut for the “greater good,” he has a hard time keeping his temper in check, with inevitably let someone have his true opinions.