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Rep. Hugh Buchanan

Former Representative for Georgia’s 4th District

Buchanan was the representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1883 to 1885.

He was previously the representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1881 to 1883.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1881 to Mar 1885, Buchanan missed 133 of 683 roll call votes, which is 19.5%. This is better than the median of 29.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1885. 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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