Clayton was a senator from Delaware and was an Ind. Republican-Democrat. He served from 1853 to 1857.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Clayton faced an allegation of disloyalty to the United States during negotiations on the boundary of Oregon Territory in newspaper articles. On Mar. 16, 1846, a committee exonerated all senators (and the Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.
|Mar. 16, 1846||Committee exonerated all senators (and Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.|
From Mar 1829 to Aug 1856, Clayton missed 958 of 2,724 roll call votes, which is 35.2%. This is worse than the median of 27.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1856. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1829-May 1830||178||25||14.0%||0th|
|Dec 1830-Mar 1831||83||7||8.4%||0th|
|Dec 1831-Feb 1832||13||9||69.2%||0th|
|Dec 1832-Mar 1833||137||26||19.0%||0th|
|Dec 1833-Feb 1834||14||7||50.0%||0th|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||21||2||9.5%||0th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||1||1||100.0%||50th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||29||3||10.3%||30th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||16||12.7%||40th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||30||36.6%||73rd|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||49||22||44.9%||88th|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||51||24||47.1%||76th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||60||33.7%||62nd|
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