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Sen. James Alcorn

Former Senator for Mississippi

Alcorn was a senator from Mississippi and was a Republican. He served from 1871 to 1877.

Photo of Sen. James Alcorn [R-MS, 1871-1877]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1871 to Mar 1877, Alcorn missed 792 of 1,560 roll call votes, which is 50.8%. This is much worse than the median of 31.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1877. 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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