Rep. Benjamin Gorham
Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 1st District
Gorham was the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district and was an Anti Jacksonian. He served from 1833 to 1835.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as an Anti Jacksonian from 1829 to 1831; the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as an Adams from 1827 to 1829; the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1821 to 1823; and the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1819 to 1821.
From May 1820 to Mar 1835, Gorham missed 314 of 988 roll call votes, which is 31.8%. This is much worse than the median of 18.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1835. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1819-May 1820||1||1||100.0%||85th|
|Dec 1820-Mar 1821||59||4||6.8%||15th|
|Dec 1821-May 1822||71||11||15.5%||67th|
|Dec 1827-May 1828||160||34||21.2%||74th|
|Dec 1828-Mar 1829||73||20||27.4%||64th|
|Dec 1829-May 1830||185||46||24.9%||89th|
|Dec 1830-Mar 1831||88||71||80.7%||97th|
|Dec 1833-Feb 1834||35||7||20.0%||81st|
|Dec 1834-Mar 1835||105||26||24.8%||71st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000