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Rep. Richard Hawes

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 10th District

Hawes was the representative for Kentucky’s 10th congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1839 to 1841.

He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 10th congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Hawes was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Hawes was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Sep 1837 to Mar 1841, Hawes missed 411 of 1,226 roll call votes, which is 33.5%. This is on par with the median of 30.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1841. 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.

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Primary Sources

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