Caldwell was a senator from Kansas and was a Republican. He served from 1871 to 1873.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Caldwell faced an allegation of bribery to secure votes for a Senate seat. On Feb. 17, 1873, the committee reported unanimously that Caldwell had bribed legislators for their votes and recommended a declaration of a voided election. On Mar. 24, 1873, he resigned before a Senate vote.
|Feb. 17, 1873||Committee reported unanimously that Caldwell had bribed legislators for their votes and recommended a declaration of a voided election.|
|Mar. 24, 1873||Resigned before a Senate vote.|
From Mar 1871 to Mar 1873, Caldwell missed 274 of 812 roll call votes, which is 33.7%. This is on par with the median of 31.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1873. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||79||15||19.0%||38th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||195||115||59.0%||91st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo