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Sen. Hiram Revels

Former Senator for Mississippi

Revels was a senator from Mississippi and was a Republican. He served from 1870 to 1871.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Revels faced an allegation of, officially, not holding citizenship for the required nine years at the time of presenting his credentials to the Senate on February 23, 1870 in order to become the first black American to serve there. However, based on the racist arguments offered during debate on the issue, the allegation was actually that he was black. On Feb. 25, 1870, the Senate voted to accept his credentials 48-8.

Feb. 25, 1870 Senate voted to accept his credentials 48-8.
Photo of Sen. Hiram Revels [R-MS, 1870-1871]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1870 to Mar 1871, Revels missed 350 of 581 roll call votes, which is 60.2%. This is much worse than the median of 27.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1871. 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.

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Primary Sources

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