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Sen. Joseph Chalmers

Former Senator for Mississippi

Chalmers was a senator from Mississippi and was a Democrat. He served from 1845 to 1847.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1845 to Mar 1847, Chalmers missed 51 of 373 roll call votes, which is 13.7%. This is better than the median of 16.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1847. 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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