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Sen. Christopher Champlin

Former Senator for Rhode Island

Champlin was a senator from Rhode Island and was a Federalist. He served from 1809 to 1811.

He was previously the representative for Rhode Island as a Federalist from 1799 to 1801; and the representative for Rhode Island as a Federalist from 1797 to 1799.

Photo of Sen. Christopher Champlin [F-RI, 1809-1811]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Champlin 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Champlin was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1810 to Mar 1811, Champlin missed 29 of 146 roll call votes, which is 19.9%. This is worse than the median of 12.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1811. 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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