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Rep. Joseph McDowell

Former Representative for North Carolina’s 1st District

McDowell was the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1797 to 1799.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jun 1797 to Mar 1799, McDowell missed 22 of 155 roll call votes, which is 14.2%. This is on par with the median of 14.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1799. 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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