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Sen. James Simmons

Former Senator for Rhode Island

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.
Photo of Sen. James Simmons [R-RI, 1857-1863]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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