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Sen. Alfred Nicholson

Former Senator for Tennessee

Nicholson was a senator from Tennessee and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.

He was previously a senator from Tennessee as a Democrat from 1840 to 1843.


Nicholson faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jul. 11, 1861, the Senate expelled him, 32-10.

Jul. 11, 1861 Senate expelled, 32-10
Photo of Sen. Alfred Nicholson [D-TN, 1859-1861]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1841 to Mar 1861, Nicholson missed 189 of 1,049 roll call votes, which is 18.0%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1861. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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