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Rep. Robert McHatton

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 5th District

McHatton was the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district and was a Jackson. He served from 1827 to 1829.

He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district as a Jackson from 1825 to 1827.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

McHatton 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. McHatton was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1827 to Mar 1829, McHatton missed 24 of 286 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is better than the median of 16.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1829. 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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