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Rep. John Crittenden

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 8th District

Crittenden was the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district and was an Unionist. He served from 1861 to 1863.

He was previously a senator from Kentucky as an American from 1855 to 1861; a senator from Kentucky as a Whig from 1843 to 1848; a senator from Kentucky as a Whig from 1842 to 1843; a senator from Kentucky as a Whig from 1835 to 1841; and a senator from Kentucky as a Republican from 1817 to 1819.

Photo of Rep. John Crittenden [U-KY8, 1861-1863]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1861 to Mar 1863, Crittenden missed 311 of 638 roll call votes, which is 48.7%. This is much worse than the median of 27.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1863. 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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