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Rep. John Bird

Former Representative for New York

Bird was the representative for New York and was a Federalist. He served from 1801 to 1803.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district as a Federalist from 1799 to 1801.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Bird was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Bird was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1799 to Mar 1801, Bird missed 27 of 96 roll call votes, which is 28.1%. This is much worse than the median of 12.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1801. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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