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Sen. James Brown

Former Senator for Louisiana

Brown was a senator from Louisiana and was a Republican. He served from 1819 to 1823.

He was previously a senator from Louisiana as a Republican from 1813 to 1817.

Photo of Sen. James Brown [R-LA, 1819-1823]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1813 to Mar 1823, Brown missed 183 of 709 roll call votes, which is 25.8%. This is much worse than the median of 12.0% among the lifetime records of senators 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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