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Sen. Benjamin Stark

Former Senator for Oregon

Stark was a senator from Oregon and was a Democrat. He served from 1861 to 1863.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Stark faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Feb. 27, 1862, the Senate voted to seat him 26-19 since his public statements came before he was in the Senate. On Feb. 28, 1862, Stark requested another investigation, presumably to more fully exonerate him. On Apr. 22, 1862, the committee reported that based on Stark's public statements, he supported the rebellion and Charles Sumner introduced a resolution to expel him. On Jun. 6, 1862, the Senate expulsion vote was defeated 21-16, apparently because Stark had only a few more months to serve.

Feb. 27, 1862 Senate voted to seat him 26-19 since his public statements came before he was in the Senate.
Feb. 28, 1862 Stark requested another investigation, presumably to more fully exonerate him.
Apr. 22, 1862 Committee reported that based on Stark's public statements, he supported the rebellion and Charles Sumner introduced a resolution to expel him.
Jun. 6, 1862 Senate expulsion vote was defeated 21-16, apparently because Stark had only a few more months to serve
Photo of Sen. Benjamin Stark [D-OR, 1861-1863]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1862 to Jul 1862, Stark missed 95 of 367 roll call votes, which is 25.9%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1862. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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