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Rep. Benjamin Whittemore

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 1st District

Whittemore was the representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1867 to 1871.

Misconduct

Whittemore faced an allegation of selling appointments to military academies. On Feb. 21, 1870, the Committee on Military Affairs recommended expulsion. On Feb. 24, 1870, the House of Representatives censured him, 187-0. On Jun. 21, 1870, he resigned prior to censure, but then was reelected to the same session of the House and then excluded from the House again, 130-76.

Feb. 21, 1870 Committee on Military Affairs recommended expulsion.
Feb. 24, 1870 House of Representatives censured, 187-0
Jun. 21, 1870 Resigned prior to censure, but then was reelected to the same session of the House and then excluded from the House again, 130-76.
Photo of Rep. Benjamin Whittemore [R-SC1, 1867-1871]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1868 to Feb 1870, Whittemore missed 61 of 390 roll call votes, which is 15.6%. This is better than the median of 25.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1870. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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