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Sen. John McLaurin

Former Senator for South Carolina

McLaurin was a senator from South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1897 to 1903.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1895 to 1897; the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1893 to 1895; and the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1891 to 1893.

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McLaurin had an altercation on February 22, 1902 in which Sen. Tillman accused Sen. McLaurin of treachery, then McLaurin accused Tillman of lying. Tillman then attacked McLaurin physically. After a fight almost broke out again, the Senate censured them both 54-12.

Feb. 22, 1902 Senate referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections and both senators were declared in contempt of the Senate and would not be allowed to speak on the floor except at the request of another senator. Another senator did so and both apologized although in such an unpleasant manner the fight almost broke out again.
Feb. 28, 1902 Committee on Privileges and Elections recommended that both should receive the same punishment even though Tillman started it. The punishment was censure and the suspension of duties they'd already been experiencing.
Feb. 28, 1902 Senate censured 54-12, with 22 senators not voting.
Photo of Sen. John McLaurin [D-SC, 1897-1903]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1897 to Mar 1903, McLaurin missed 308 of 610 roll call votes, which is 50.5%. This is much worse than the median of 31.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1903. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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