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Rep. Benjamin Contee

Former Representative for Maryland’s 3rd District

Contee was the representative for Maryland’s 3rd congressional district and was (unknown party). He served from 1789 to 1791.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1789 to Mar 1791, Contee missed 17 of 109 roll call votes, which is 15.6%. This is worse than the median of 10.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1791. 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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