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Rep. Oakes Ames

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 2nd District

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.

Misconduct

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
Photo of Rep. Oakes Ames [R-MA2, 1865-1873]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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