From Sep 1837 to Mar 1843, Smith missed 417 of 1,559 roll call votes, which is 26.7%. This is worse than the median of 18.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1843. 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 1837-Feb 1838||63||17||27.0%||68th|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||134||25||18.7%||36th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||71||14||19.7%||62nd|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||44||3||6.8%||26th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||127||37||29.1%||74th|
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