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Vice President Schuyler Colfax

Former Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate)

Colfax was Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) and was a Republican. He served from 1869 to 1873.

He was previously the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1865 to 1869; the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1863 to 1865; the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1861 to 1863; the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1859 to 1861; the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1857 to 1859; and the representative for Indiana’s 9th congressional district as an Ind. Republican-Democrat from 1855 to 1857.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Colfax 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 made no recommendation. On Feb. 20, 1873, the House of Representatives impeachment resolution was introduced. On Mar. 4, 1873, his term as Vice President and President of the Senate ended.

Feb. 27, 1873 Morrill Committee made no recommendation.
Feb. 20, 1873 House of Representatives impeachment resolution was introduced.
Mar. 4, 1873 Term as Vice President and President of the Senate ended.
Photo of Vice President Schuyler Colfax [R, 1869-1873]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1855 to Mar 1869, Colfax missed 139 of 2,395 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is better than the median of 26.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1869. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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