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Rep. John Botts

Former Representative for Virginia’s 6th District

Botts was the representative for Virginia’s 6th congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1847 to 1849.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 11th congressional district as a Whig from 1839 to 1843.

Photo of Rep. John Botts [W-VA6, 1847-1849]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Botts 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Botts was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1839 to Mar 1849, Botts missed 1,051 of 2,203 roll call votes, which is 47.7%. This is much worse than the median of 24.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1849. 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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