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Rep. Orsamus Matteson

Former Representative for New York’s 20th District

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

He was previously the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as an Ind. Republican-Democrat from 1855 to 1857; the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Whig from 1853 to 1855; and the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Whig from 1849 to 1851.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

Matteson faced an allegation of corruption during a preceding Congress. On Mar. 22, 1858, a special committee recommended no further action. On Mar. 22, 1858, the expulsion resolution was tabled, 96-69.

Mar. 22, 1858 Special committee recommended no further action.
Mar. 22, 1858 Expulsion resolution was tabled, 96-69.

Matteson faced an allegation of “defam[ing] character of House” by accepting money in exchange for supporting the Minnesota land bill. On Feb. 19, 1857, a special committee recommended expulsion in the majority report, but the minority report found committee lacked jurisdiction. On Feb. 27, 1857, the House of Representatives censured him, 145-17 while the expulsion resolution was tabled. On Feb. 27, 1857, he resigned prior to House action; reelected later in 1857.

Feb. 19, 1857 Special committee recommended expulsion in the majority report, but the minority report found committee lacked jurisdiction.
Feb. 27, 1857 House of Representatives censured him, 145-17 while the expulsion resolution was tabled
Feb. 27, 1857 Resigned prior to House action; reelected later in 1857.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1849 to Mar 1859, Matteson missed 531 of 2,402 roll call votes, which is 22.1%. This is on par with 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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