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Rep. John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne

Former Representative for Mississippi

Claiborne was the representative for Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1837 to 1839.

He was previously the representative for Mississippi as a Jackson from 1835 to 1837.

Photo of Rep. John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne [D-MS-1, 1837-1839]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1835 to Feb 1838, Claiborne missed 198 of 545 roll call votes, which is 36.3%. This is much worse than the median of 23.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1838. 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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