From Mar 1853 to Jul 1862, Thomson missed 1,635 of 2,858 roll call votes, which is 57.2%. This is much worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1862. 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 1853-Mar 1854||51||31||60.8%||85th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||178||64||36.0%||71st|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||144||61||42.4%||68th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||21||36.8%||83rd|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||221||82.2%||93rd|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||32||74.4%||93rd|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||131||56.5%||95th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||73||36||49.3%||87th|
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