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Sen. Asa Biggs

Former Senator for North Carolina

Biggs was a senator from North Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1855 to 1859.

He was previously the representative for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847.

Photo of Sen. Asa Biggs [D-NC, 1855-1859]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Biggs 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Biggs was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1856 to May 1858, Biggs missed 68 of 670 roll call votes, which is 10.1%. This is better than the median of 25.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 1858. 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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