Gould was a senator from Maine as a Republican. He served from 1926 to 1931.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Gould faced an allegation of bribery more than a decade before his time in office, and the Senate considered whether to prevent him from taking his seat. On Mar. 4, 1927, the Committee on Privileges and Elections recommended the Senate dismiss all charges in part because 14 year old charges did not and should not affect the legality of his election.
|Dec. 7, 1926||Committee on Privileges and Elections Sen. Walsh asked for a clear judgment on the Senate's right to exclude members for actions taken long before their election to the Senate and unrelated to the election itself.|
|Mar. 4, 1927||Committee on Privileges and Elections recommended the Senate dismiss all charges because 14 year old charges did not and should not affect the legality of his election. Further, because the bribe was made on behalf of a board of directors of a company of which Gould was a member and because Gould swore that he had personally vehemently opposed that bribe, therefore, he, Gould was not personally responsible for the crime that everyone agreed had in fact taken place. The committee further refused to provide a guideline on how prior actions should affect seating as a Senator because each case should be considered on its merits.|
|Apr. 28, 1928||Senate reimbursed Gould over $10,000 for his expenses|
|1932||Gould declined to run for re-election.|
From Jan 1926 to Mar 1931, Gould missed 450 of 705 roll call votes, which is 63.8%. This is much worse than the median of 22.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1931. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1926-Mar 1927||77||40||51.9%||93rd|
|Dec 1927-May 1928||125||86||68.8%||98th|
|Dec 1928-Mar 1929||66||32||48.5%||90th|
|Dec 1929-Feb 1930||100||59||59.0%||94th|
|Dec 1930-Mar 1931||63||33||52.4%||86th|
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