From Jan 1840 to Dec 1854, Phelps missed 1,109 of 2,857 roll call votes, which is 38.8%. This is much worse than the median of 25.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1854. 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 1840-Mar 1841||71||28||39.4%||50th|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||44||23||52.3%||50th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||127||44||34.6%||50th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||95||8||8.4%||20th|
|Dec 1845-Mar 1846||29||4||13.8%||79th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||76||60.3%||93rd|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||28||34.1%||61st|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||24||30.0%||70th|
|Dec 1849-Feb 1850||22||12||54.5%||94th|
|Dec 1850-Mar 1851||141||75||53.2%||94th|
|Dec 1852-Mar 1853||110||42||38.2%||87th|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||35||35||100.0%||98th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||1||1||100.0%||99th|
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