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Rep. Laurence Keitt

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 3rd District

Keitt was the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1857 to 1859; the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1855 to 1857; and the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1853 to 1855.

Misconduct

Keitt faced an allegation of complicity in the assault on Sumner. On Jun. 2, 1856, a select committee recommended censure in a majority report. On Jul. 15, 1856, the House of Representatives censured him, 106-96. On Jul. 16, 1856, he resigned after the vote. On Aug. 6, 1856, he was reelected.

Jun. 2, 1856 Select committee recommended censure in a majority report.
Jul. 15, 1856 House of Representatives censured 106-96
Jul. 16, 1856 Resigned after the vote.
Aug. 6, 1856 Reelected.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1853 to Dec 1860, Keitt missed 960 of 2,126 roll call votes, which is 45.2%. This is much worse than the median of 24.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1860. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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