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Rep. Absalom Chappell

Former Representative for Georgia

Chappell was the representative for Georgia and was a Whig. He served from 1843 to 1845.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Chappell was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Chappell was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1843 to Mar 1845, Chappell missed 265 of 596 roll call votes, which is 44.5%. This is much worse than the median of 23.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1845. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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