Tillman was a senator from South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1907 to 1919.
Tillman had an altercation on February 22, 1902 in which he accused Sen. McLaurin of treachery, then McLaurin accused Tillman of lying. Tillman then attacked McLaurin physically. After a fight almost broke out again, the Senate censured them both 54-12.
|Feb. 22, 1902||Senate referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections and both senators were declared in contempt of the Senate and would not be allowed to speak on the floor except at the request of another senator. Another senator did so and both apologized although in such an unpleasant manner the fight almost broke out again.|
|Feb. 28, 1902||Committee on Privileges and Elections recommended that both should receive the same punishment even though Tillman started it. The punishment was censure and the suspension of duties they'd already been experiencing.|
|Feb. 28, 1902||Senate censured 54-12, with 22 senators not voting.|
From Dec 1895 to Jul 1918, Tillman missed 1,603 of 3,094 roll call votes, which is 51.8%. This is much worse than the median of 29.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1918. 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 1895-Feb 1896||36||16||44.4%||83rd|
|Dec 1896-Mar 1897||71||37||52.1%||67th|
|Dec 1897-Feb 1898||26||4||15.4%||25th|
|Dec 1898-Mar 1899||51||20||39.2%||62nd|
|Dec 1899-Feb 1900||20||2||10.0%||0th|
|Dec 1900-Mar 1901||80||20||25.0%||27th|
|Dec 1901-Feb 1902||26||14||53.8%||83rd|
|Dec 1903-Apr 1904||36||24||66.7%||93rd|
|Dec 1904-Mar 1905||56||43||76.8%||94th|
|Dec 1910-Mar 1911||52||29||55.8%||94th|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||35||22||62.9%||90th|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||111||64||57.7%||92nd|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||59||24||40.7%||79th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||117||59||50.4%||78th|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||40||15||37.5%||73rd|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||159||47||29.6%||54th|
|Dec 1917-Feb 1918||34||17||50.0%||79th|
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