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Rep. Charles Conrad

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 2nd District

Conrad was the representative for Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1849 to 1851.

He was previously a senator from Louisiana as a Whig from 1842 to 1843.

Photo of Rep. Charles Conrad [W-LA2, 1849-1851]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Conrad was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Conrad was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1849 to Aug 1850, Conrad missed 134 of 288 roll call votes, which is 46.5%. This is much worse than the median of 21.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1850. 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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