Smith was a senator from Ohio and was a Republican. He served from 1803 to 1809.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Smith faced an allegation of involvement in Aaron Burr's plot to lead the western territories in rebellion. On Dec. 31, 1807, a commitee reported that it looked like Smith was involved, but did not recommend any specific action. On Apr. 9, 1808, the Senate expulsion failed, 19-10 (one vote short of the 2/3 majority needed). On Apr. 25, 1808, he resigned.
|Dec. 31, 1807||Commitee reported that it looked like Smith was involved, but did not recommend any specific action.|
|Apr. 9, 1808||Senate expulsion failed, 19-10 (one vote short of the 2/3 majority needed).|
|Apr. 25, 1808||Resigned.|
From Oct 1803 to Feb 1809, Smith missed 69 of 290 roll call votes, which is 23.8%. This is much worse than the median of 12.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1809. 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|
|Oct 1803-Mar 1804||104||6||5.8%||17th|
|Nov 1804-Mar 1805||46||5||10.9%||72nd|
|Dec 1805-Apr 1806||68||14||20.6%||83rd|
|Dec 1806-Mar 1807||20||5||25.0%||80th|
|Dec 1808-Mar 1809||3||0||0.0%||0th|
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