Rep. Richard French
Former Representative for Kentucky’s 9th District
French was the representative for Kentucky’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1847 to 1849.
He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1843 to 1845; and the representative for Kentucky’s 11th congressional district as a Jackson from 1835 to 1837.
Legislators who enslaved Black people
From Dec 1835 to Mar 1849, French missed 176 of 1,534 roll call votes, which is 11.5%. This is better than the median of 24.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1849. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||57||2||3.5%||18th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||136||33||24.3%||53rd|
|Dec 1843-Feb 1844||140||2||1.4%||2nd|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||170||8||4.7%||0th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||101||26||25.7%||56th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||155||2||1.3%||1st|
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