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Sen. Augustus Merrimon

Former Senator for North Carolina

Merrimon was a senator from North Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1873 to 1879.

Photo of Sen. Augustus Merrimon [D-NC, 1873-1879]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1873 to Mar 1879, Merrimon missed 309 of 1,438 roll call votes, which is 21.5%. This is better than the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1879. 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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