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Sen. John Ruggles

Former Senator for Maine

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
Photo of Sen. John Ruggles [D-ME, 1835-1841]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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