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Sen. David Atchison

Former Senator for Missouri

Atchison was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1849 to 1855.

He was previously a senator from Missouri as a Democrat from 1843 to 1849.

Photo of Sen. David Atchison [D-MO, 1849-1855]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1844 to Mar 1855, Atchison missed 504 of 2,435 roll call votes, which is 20.7%. This is better than the median of 25.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1855. 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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