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Sen. John Breckinridge

Former Senator for Kentucky

Breckinridge was a senator from Kentucky and was a Democrat. He served from 1861 to 1861.

He was previously Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) as a Democratic from 1857 to 1861; the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1853 to 1855; and the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1851 to 1853.

Misconduct

Breckinridge faced an allegation of disloyalty to the union. On Dec. 4, 1861, the Senate expelled him, 36-0.

Dec. 4, 1861 Senate expelled, 36-0
Photo of Sen. John Breckinridge [D-KY, 1861-1861]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1861 to Aug 1861, Breckinridge missed 28 of 121 roll call votes, which is 23.1%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1861. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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