Shields was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1879 to 1879.
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|
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.
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 1849-Feb 1850||15||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||109||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1851-Mar 1852||38||14||36.8%||50th|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||127||45||35.4%||50th|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||51||13||25.5%||50th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||70||39.3%||0th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||2||1||50.0%||75th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||88||32.7%||50th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||202||94||46.5%||83rd|
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