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Sen. Arthur Gould

Former Senator for Maine

Gould was a senator from Maine and was 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.
Photo of Sen. Arthur Gould [R-ME, 1926-1931]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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