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Rep. Eli Henkle

Former Representative for Maryland’s 5th District

Henkle was the representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1877 to 1881.

He was previously the representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877.

Photo of Rep. Eli Henkle [D-MD5, 1877-1881]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1875 to Mar 1881, Henkle missed 462 of 1,144 roll call votes, which is 40.4%. This is much worse than the median of 27.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1881. 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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