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Sen. James Shields

Former Senator for Missouri

Shields was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1879 to 1879.

He was previously a senator from Minnesota as a Democrat from 1858 to 1859; and a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1849 to 1855.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Shields faced an allegation of not yet being a United States citizen. On Mar. 15, 1849, the Senate declared the election void based on the committee's recommendation since Shields was indeed six months short of the required period for residency and naturalization.

Mar. 15, 1849 Senate declared the election void based on the committee's recommendation since Shields was indeed six months short of the required period for residency and naturalization
Photo of Sen. James Shields [D-MO, 1879-1879]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1849 to Mar 1879, Shields missed 655 of 1,959 roll call votes, which is 33.4%. This is on par with the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1879. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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