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Sen. Robert Hunter

Former Senator for Virginia

Hunter was a senator from Virginia and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.

He was previously a senator from Virginia as a Democrat from 1853 to 1859; a senator from Virginia as a Democrat from 1847 to 1853; the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; the representative for Virginia’s 9th congressional district as most recently an Independent (1841-1843) and previously a Whig (1839-1841) from 1839 to 1843; and the representative for Virginia’s 9th congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839.

Misconduct

Hunter faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jul. 11, 1861, the Senate expelled him, 32-10.

Jul. 11, 1861 Senate expelled, 32-10
Photo of Sen. Robert Hunter [D-VA, 1859-1861]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1847 to Mar 1861, Hunter missed 752 of 3,544 roll call votes, which is 21.2%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1861. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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