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Rep. John Menzies

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 10th District

Menzies was the representative for Kentucky’s 10th congressional district and was an Unionist. He served from 1861 to 1863.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1861 to Mar 1863, Menzies missed 161 of 638 roll call votes, which is 25.2%. This is on par with 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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