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Rep. Joseph Gist

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 7th District

Gist was the representative for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district and was a Jackson. He served from 1825 to 1827.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district as (unknown party) from 1823 to 1825; and the representative for South Carolina’s 8th congressional district as a Republican from 1821 to 1823.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1821 to Mar 1827, Gist missed 68 of 300 roll call votes, which is 22.7%. This is worse than the median of 16.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1827. 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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