Cameron was a senator from Pennsylvania and was a Republican. He served from 1873 to 1877.
He was previously a senator from Pennsylvania as a Republican from 1867 to 1873; a senator from Pennsylvania as a Republican from 1857 to 1861; and a senator from Pennsylvania as a Democrat from 1845 to 1849.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Cameron faced an allegation of election irregularities and electoral misconduct. On Mar. 9, 1857, Cameron asked for a Judiciary Committee investigation. On Mar. 13, 1857, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary dismissed the charges.
|Mar. 9, 1857||Cameron asked for a Judiciary Committee investigation.|
|Mar. 13, 1857||Senate Committee on the Judiciary dismissed the charges|
From Mar 1845 to Mar 1877, Cameron missed 2,477 of 5,156 roll call votes, which is 48.0%. This is much worse than the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1877. 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 1845-Mar 1846||29||4||13.8%||0th|
|Dec 1846-Mar 1847||126||26||20.6%||0th|
|Dec 1847-Mar 1848||82||34||41.5%||0th|
|Dec 1848-Mar 1849||80||36||45.0%||50th|
|Dec 1857-Feb 1858||57||22||38.6%||50th|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||100||37.2%||75th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||23||53.5%||75th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||81||34.9%||50th|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||55||11||20.0%||40th|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||156||58||37.2%||69th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||81||27||33.3%||88th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||194||134||69.1%||88th|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||79||35||44.3%||84th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||195||126||64.6%||90th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||57||19||33.3%||68th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||149||69||46.3%||86th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||89||39||43.8%||75th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||84||33||39.3%||71st|
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