Wells was the representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1879 to 1881.
He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877; the representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1873 to 1875; and the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1869 to 1873.
From Mar 1869 to Mar 1881, Wells missed 552 of 2,392 roll call votes, which is 23.1%. This is on par with 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 and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||71||7||9.9%||17th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||158||19||12.0%||22nd|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||24||27.0%||82nd|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||25||16.7%||26th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||78||13||16.7%||54th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||235||43||18.3%||50th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||60||8||13.3%||42nd|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||15||12.0%||27th|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||35||7||20.0%||42nd|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||119||38||31.9%||63rd|
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