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Sen. John Warfield Johnston

Former Senator for Virginia

Johnston was a senator from Virginia and was a Democrat. He served from 1877 to 1883.

He was previously a senator from Virginia as a Democrat from 1870 to 1877.

Photo of Sen. John Warfield Johnston [D-VA, 1877-1883]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1870 to Mar 1883, Johnston missed 2,003 of 4,419 roll call votes, which is 45.3%. This is worse than the median of 30.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1883. 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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