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.|
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.
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 1855-Mar 1856||177||1||0.6%||9th|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||231||12||5.2%||27th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||104||10||9.6%||20th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||196||6||3.1%||7th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||69||2||2.9%||22nd|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||141||3||2.1%||4th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||75||7||9.3%||21st|
|Dec 1862-Mar 1863||273||17||6.2%||4th|
|Dec 1863-Feb 1864||5||3||60.0%||97th|
|Dec 1864-Mar 1865||3||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1866-Mar 1867||3||0||0.0%||0th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||25||24||96.0%||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