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Rep. James Gholson

Former Representative for Virginia’s 4th District

Gholson was the representative for Virginia’s 4th congressional district and was an Anti Jacksonian. He served from 1833 to 1835.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1833 to Mar 1835, Gholson missed 57 of 327 roll call votes, which is 17.4%. This is on par with the median of 18.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1835. 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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