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Rep. David Garland

Former Representative for Virginia’s 21st District

Garland was the representative for Virginia’s 21st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1809 to 1811.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1810 to Mar 1811, Garland missed 41 of 242 roll call votes, which is 16.9%. This is on par with the median of 19.5% among the lifetime records of representatives 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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