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Rep. Henry Bryan

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 6th District

Bryan was the representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1821 to 1823.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1819 to 1821.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1819 to Mar 1823, Bryan missed 113 of 242 roll call votes, which is 46.7%. This is much worse than the median of 13.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1823. 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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