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Sen. Donelson Caffery

Former Senator for Louisiana

Caffery was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1895 to 1901.

He was previously a senator from Louisiana as a Democrat from 1892 to 1895.

Photo of Sen. Donelson Caffery [D-LA, 1895-1901]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1893 to Mar 1901, Caffery missed 486 of 1,402 roll call votes, which is 34.7%. This is on par with the median of 34.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1901. 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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