Ames was the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1865 to 1873.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1863 to 1865.
Ames faced an allegation of selling $33 million in Credit Mobilier stock to members of Congress and officials of the executive branch at undervalued price with intent to influence votes and decisions of the members. On Feb. 18, 1873, a special committee recommended expulsion but the Judiciary committee recommended against expulsion because the acts in question occurred three years before his election to the 42nd Congress. On Feb. 27, 1873, the House of Representatives censured him, 182- 36.
|Feb. 18, 1873||Special committee recommended expulsion but the Judiciary committee recommended against expulsion because the acts in question occurred three years before his election to the 42nd Congress.|
|Feb. 27, 1873||House of Representatives censured, 182- 36|
From Dec 1863 to Mar 1873, Ames missed 978 of 3,081 roll call votes, which is 31.7%. This is worse than the median of 24.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1873. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1863-Feb 1864||130||34||26.2%||69th|
|Dec 1864-Mar 1865||171||13||7.6%||0th|
|Dec 1865-Feb 1866||105||39||37.1%||90th|
|Dec 1866-Mar 1867||224||73||32.6%||83rd|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||142||37||26.1%||59th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||197||66||33.5%||64th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||71||23||32.4%||85th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||158||77||48.7%||94th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||47||52.8%||93rd|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||86||57.3%||91st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo