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Sen. John Clayton

Former Senator for Delaware

Clayton was a senator from Delaware and was an Ind. Republican-Democrat. He served from 1853 to 1857.

He was previously a senator from Delaware as a Whig from 1845 to 1849; a senator from Delaware as (unknown party) from 1835 to 1837; and a senator from Delaware as (unknown party) from 1829 to 1835.

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.
Photo of Sen. John Clayton [I-DE, 1853-1857]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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