Ruggles was a senator from Maine and was a Democrat. He served from 1835 to 1841.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Ruggles faced an allegation of corruption in using Senatorial influence to secure positive outcomes for a patent application. On Apr. 12, 1838, Ruggles effectively discredited his accuser and the committee reported that the charges should be dismissed. On Apr. 25, 1838, the Senate agreed with the committtee.
|Apr. 12, 1838||Ruggles effectively discredited his accuser and the committee reported that the charges should be dismissed.|
|Apr. 25, 1838||Senate agreed with the committtee|
From Feb 1835 to Mar 1841, Ruggles missed 366 of 1,236 roll call votes, which is 29.6%. This is worse than the median of 22.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1841. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||21||2||9.5%||36th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||190||53||27.9%||71st|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||63||35||55.6%||93rd|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||134||33||24.6%||56th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||71||16||22.5%||61st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo