Conkling was a senator from New York and was a Republican. He served from 1873 to 1881.
He was previously a senator from New York as a Republican from 1867 to 1873; the representative for New York’s 21st congressional district as a Republican from 1865 to 1867; the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Republican from 1861 to 1863; and the representative for New York’s 20th congressional district as a Republican from 1859 to 1861.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Conkling faced an allegation of bribery and corruption in management of Union Pacific Railroad and Credit Mobilier of America. On Feb. 27, 1873, the Morrill Committee dismissed the charges.
|Feb. 27, 1873||Morrill Committee dismissed the charges.|
From Mar 1867 to Mar 1881, Conkling missed 1,252 of 4,438 roll call votes, which is 28.2%. This is on par with the median of 30.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1881. 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 1867-Feb 1868||55||2||3.6%||0th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||156||33||21.2%||17th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||81||11||13.6%||25th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||194||28||14.4%||0th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||79||6||7.6%||8th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||195||28||14.4%||0th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||57||15||26.3%||44th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||149||54||36.2%||75th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||89||10||11.2%||17th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||84||40||47.6%||88th|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||69||20||29.0%||65th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||236||101||42.8%||90th|
|Dec 1879-Feb 1880||49||31||63.3%||93rd|
|Dec 1880-Mar 1881||164||84||51.2%||88th|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo