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Sen. George Hearst

Former Senator for California

Hearst was a senator from California and was a Democrat. He served from 1887 to 1891.

He was previously a senator from California as a Democrat from 1886 to 1887.

Photo of Sen. George Hearst [D-CA, 1887-1891]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Apr 1886 to Feb 1891, Hearst missed 831 of 1,125 roll call votes, which is 73.9%. This is much worse than the median of 35.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1891. 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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