Sen. Francis Blair
Former Senator for Missouri
Blair was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1871 to 1873.
He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district as an Unconditional Unionist from 1863 to 1865; the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1861 to 1863; the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1859 to 1861; and the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district as an Ind. Democrat from 1857 to 1859.
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Jan 1870 to Mar 1873, Blair missed 290 of 963 roll call votes, which is 30.1%. This is on par with the median of 31.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1873. 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|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858 (House)||104||12||11.5%||22nd|
|1858 Mar-May (House)||180||31||17.2%||47th|
|1858 Jun-Jun (House)||68||16||23.5%||56th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859 (House)||196||63||32.1%||75th|
|1860 Jun-Jun (House)||70||28||40.0%||54th|
|1861 Jul-Aug (House)||54||11||20.4%||57th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862 (House)||75||11||14.7%||26th|
|1862 Mar-May (House)||114||15||13.2%||17th|
|1862 Jun-Jul (House)||75||33||44.0%||73rd|
|Dec 1863-Feb 1864 (House)||130||83||63.8%||96th|
|1864 Mar-May (House)||170||120||70.6%||96th|
|1864 Jun-Jul (House)||27||27||100.0%||96th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870 (Senate)||1||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871 (Senate)||159||51||32.1%||58th|
|1871 Mar-Apr (Senate)||61||1||1.6%||1st|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872 (Senate)||79||9||11.4%||10th|
|1872 Mar-May (Senate)||339||87||25.7%||20th|
|1872 Jun-Jun (Senate)||93||17||18.3%||20th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873 (Senate)||195||115||59.0%||87th|
|1871 May-May (Senate)||36||10||27.8%||51st|
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