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Sen. Bedford Brown

Former Senator for North Carolina

Brown was a senator from North Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1835 to 1841.

He was previously a senator from North Carolina as a Jackson from 1829 to 1835.

Photo of Sen. Bedford Brown [D-NC, 1835-1841]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1829 to Jul 1840, Brown missed 477 of 2,017 roll call votes, which is 23.6%. This is on par with the median of 22.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1840. 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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