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Rep. James Craig

Former Representative for Missouri’s 4th District

Craig was the representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.

He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1857 to 1859.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1857 to Mar 1861, Craig missed 244 of 981 roll call votes, which is 24.9%. This is on par with the median of 24.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1861. 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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