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Rep. Augustus Maxwell

Former Representative for Florida’s 1st District

Maxwell was the representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1855 to 1857.

He was previously the representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1853 to 1855.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1853 to Mar 1857, Maxwell missed 281 of 1,336 roll call votes, which is 21.0%. This is on par with the median of 25.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1857. 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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