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Sen. James Chesnut

Former Senator for South Carolina

Chesnut was a senator from South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1858 to 1860.


Chesnut faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jul. 11, 1861, the Senate expelled him, 32-10.

Jul. 11, 1861 Senate expelled, 32-10
Photo of Sen. James Chesnut [D-SC, 1858-1860]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1858 to Jun 1860, Chesnut missed 158 of 622 roll call votes, which is 25.4%. This is on par with the median of 21.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jun 1860. 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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