Simmons was a senator from Rhode Island and was a Republican. He served from 1857 to 1863.
He was previously a senator from Rhode Island as a Whig from 1841 to 1847.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Simmons faced an allegation of corruption. On Jul. 14, 1862, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended that Senate take such action as it deemed appropriate, but also that the charges were all true. On Aug. 15, 1862, he resigned.
|Jul. 14, 1862||Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended that Senate take such action as it deemed appropriate, but also that the charges were all true|
|Aug. 15, 1862||Resigned.|
From Mar 1841 to Jul 1862, Simmons missed 809 of 3,373 roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 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 1841-Mar 1842||44||18||40.9%||25th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||127||69||54.3%||67th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||95||15||15.8%||0th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||29||8||27.6%||67th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||21||16.7%||50th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||8||14.0%||43rd|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||50||18.6%||50th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||7||16.3%||46th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||32||13.8%||45th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||73||43||58.9%||88th|
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