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Rep. Edward Cross

Former Representative for Arkansas’s 1st District

Cross was the representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1843 to 1845.

He was previously the representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1839 to 1843.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1839 to Mar 1845, Cross missed 824 of 2,322 roll call votes, which is 35.5%. This is worse than the median of 23.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1845. 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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