Foster was a senator from Massachusetts and was a Federalist. He served from 1800 to 1803.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district as a Federalist from 1795 to 1799; and the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district as a Federalist from 1793 to 1795.
From Jan 1801 to Mar 1803, Foster missed 15 of 121 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is on par with the median of 14.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1803. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|1794 Jan-Feb (House)||7||0||0.0%||0th|
|1794 Mar-May (House)||41||3||7.3%||45th|
|1794 Jun-Jun (House)||6||0||0.0%||0th|
|Nov 1794-Mar 1795 (House)||15||0||0.0%||0th|
|1796 Jan-Jan (House)||3||0||0.0%||0th|
|1796 Mar-May (House)||40||3||7.5%||26th|
|Dec 1796-Mar 1797 (House)||40||2||5.0%||11th|
|1797 Jun-Jul (House)||34||1||2.9%||33rd|
|Nov 1797-Feb 1798 (House)||19||2||10.5%||56th|
|1798 Mar-Jun (House)||42||2||4.8%||24th|
|1798 Jul-Jul (House)||16||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1798-Mar 1799 (House)||44||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1799-May 1800 (House)||54||8||14.8%||65th|
|1801 Jan-Mar (Senate)||39||3||7.7%||59th|
|Dec 1801-May 1802 (Senate)||60||5||8.3%||24th|
|Dec 1802-Mar 1803 (Senate)||21||7||33.3%||70th|
|1801 Mar-Mar (Senate)||1||0||0.0%||0th|
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