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. Stark requested another investigation, presumably to more fully exonerate him, and on Apr. 22, a committee reported that based on his public statements, he supported the rebellion, and Charles Sumner introduced a resolution to expel him. On Jun. 6, the expulsion resolution 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|
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||7||3||42.9%||83rd|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo