Pearce was a senator from Maryland and was a Democrat. He served from 1861 to 1863.
He was previously a senator from Maryland as a Democrat from 1855 to 1861; a senator from Maryland as a Whig from 1849 to 1855; a senator from Maryland as a Whig from 1843 to 1849; the representative for Maryland’s 2nd congressional district as a Whig from 1841 to 1843; the representative for Maryland’s 2nd congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839; and the representative for Maryland’s 2nd congressional district as a Whig from 1835 to 1837.
From Jan 1844 to Dec 1862, Pearce missed 2,233 of 4,751 roll call votes, which is 47.0%. This is much worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1862. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||95||48||50.5%||75th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||29||3||10.3%||33rd|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||37||29.4%||83rd|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||50||61.0%||88th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||27||33.8%||75th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||5||22.7%||56th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||141||36||25.5%||25th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||38||30||78.9%||92nd|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||127||54||42.5%||83rd|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||51||27||52.9%||77th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||54||30.3%||64th|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||144||88||61.1%||89th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||20||35.1%||80th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||151||56.1%||90th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||12||27.9%||80th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||76||32.8%||84th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||73||23||31.5%||77th|
|Dec 1862-Mar 1863||5||5||100.0%||98th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo