From Apr 1893 to Mar 1899, Smith missed 705 of 1,139 roll call votes, which is 61.9%. This is much worse than the median of 33.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1899. 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 1894-Mar 1895||101||79||78.2%||94th|
|Dec 1895-Feb 1896||36||19||52.8%||89th|
|Dec 1896-Mar 1897||71||38||53.5%||76th|
|Dec 1897-Feb 1898||26||19||73.1%||96th|
|Dec 1898-Mar 1899||51||31||60.8%||86th|
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