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Rep. John Hathorn

Former Representative for New York’s 4th District

Hathorn was the representative for New York’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1795 to 1797.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1789 to 1791.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1789 to Mar 1797, Hathorn missed 19 of 192 roll call votes, which is 9.9%. This is better than the median of 15.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1797. 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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