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Sen. James Harlan

Former Senator for Iowa

Harlan was a senator from Iowa and was a Republican. He served from 1867 to 1873.

He was previously a senator from Iowa as a Republican from 1861 to 1865; and a senator from Iowa as a Republican from 1855 to 1861.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Harlan faced an allegation of bribery and corruption in management of Union Pacific Railroad and Credit Mobilier of America. On Feb. 27, 1873, the Morrill Committee recommended censure. On Mar. 4, 1873, his term ended.

Feb. 27, 1873 Morrill Committee recommended censure.
Mar. 4, 1873 Term ended.
Photo of Sen. James Harlan [R-IA, 1867-1873]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1856 to Mar 1873, Harlan missed 894 of 5,404 roll call votes, which is 16.5%. This is better than the median of 31.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1873. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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