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Rep. Joshua Giddings

Former Representative for Ohio’s 20th District

Giddings was the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1857 to 1859.

He was previously the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as an Ind. Republican-Democrat from 1855 to 1857; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Free Soil from 1853 to 1855; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Free Soil from 1851 to 1853; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Free Soil from 1849 to 1851; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Whig from 1847 to 1849; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Whig from 1845 to 1847; the representative for Ohio’s 20th congressional district as a Whig from 1843 to 1845; the representative for Ohio’s 16th congressional district as a Whig from 1839 to 1843; and the representative for Ohio’s 16th congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839.

Misconduct

Giddings faced an allegation of violating House "gag rule" on slavery discussions by introducing a series of resolutions defending a slave rebellion aboard the Creole, a ship that had sailed from Virginia carrying 135 persons to be sold in New Orleans. On Mar. 22, 1842, the House of Representatives censured him, 125-69. On Mar. 22, 1842, he resigned. On May. 5, 1842, he was re-elected to fill the vacancy caused by his own resignation.

Mar. 22, 1842 House of Representatives censured, 125-69
Mar. 22, 1842 Resigned.
May. 5, 1842 Re-elected to fill the vacancy caused by his own resignation.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Sep 1837 to Mar 1859, Giddings missed 2,018 of 6,384 roll call votes, which is 31.6%. This is worse than the median of 23.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1859. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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