From Jul 1868 to Mar 1879, Spencer missed 1,097 of 3,162 roll call votes, which is 34.7%. This is worse than the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1879. 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 1868-Mar 1869||156||68||43.6%||92nd|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||81||10||12.3%||12th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||194||66||34.0%||59th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||79||14||17.7%||37th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||195||84||43.1%||80th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||57||10||17.5%||35th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||149||45||30.2%||51st|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||89||27||30.3%||54th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||84||29||34.5%||62nd|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||69||18||26.1%||57th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||236||58||24.6%||33rd|
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