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Rep. Benjamin Gwinn Harris

Former Representative for Maryland’s 5th District

Harris was the representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1865 to 1867.

He was previously the representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1863 to 1865.


Harris faced an allegation of encouraging the Confederacy on April 9, 1864 during House debate on resolution to expel Long. On Apr. 14, 1864, the House of Representatives censured him, 98-20.

Apr. 14, 1864 House of Representatives censured, 98-20

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1863 to Mar 1867, Harris missed 773 of 1,193 roll call votes, which is 64.8%. This is much worse than the median of 25.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1867. 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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