Webster was a senator from Massachusetts and was a Whig. He served from 1845 to 1850.
He was previously a senator from Massachusetts as a Whig from 1839 to 1841; a senator from Massachusetts as a Whig from 1833 to 1839; a senator from Massachusetts as an Adams from 1827 to 1833; the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as an Adams from 1825 to 1827; the representative for Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district as an Adams from 1823 to 1825; the representative for New Hampshire as a Federalist from 1815 to 1817; and the representative for New Hampshire as a Federalist from 1813 to 1815.
From Dec 1827 to Jul 1850, Webster missed 1,375 of 3,178 roll call votes, which is 43.3%. This is much worse than the median of 19.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 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 and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1827-May 1828||175||46||26.3%||75th|
|Dec 1828-Mar 1829||63||15||23.8%||50th|
|Dec 1829-May 1830||178||33||18.5%||67th|
|Dec 1830-Mar 1831||83||12||14.5%||33rd|
|Dec 1831-Feb 1832||13||4||30.8%||86th|
|Dec 1832-Mar 1833||137||74||54.0%||86th|
|Dec 1833-Feb 1834||14||1||7.1%||71st|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||21||5||23.8%||62nd|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||190||86||45.3%||86th|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||63||29||46.0%||83rd|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||134||77||57.5%||83rd|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||39||17||43.6%||78th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||29||8||27.6%||81st|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||62||49.2%||88th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||44||53.7%||88th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||51||63.7%||96th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||19||86.4%||98th|
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