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Sen. Spencer Jarnagin

Former Senator for Tennessee

Jarnagin was a senator from Tennessee and was a Whig. He served from 1843 to 1847.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Jarnagin faced an allegation of disloyalty to the United States during negotiations on the boundary of Oregon Territory in newspaper articles. On Mar. 16, 1846, a committee exonerated all senators (and the Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.

Mar. 16, 1846 Committee exonerated all senators (and Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.
Photo of Sen. Spencer Jarnagin [W-TN, 1843-1847]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1844 to Mar 1847, Jarnagin missed 85 of 688 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is better than the median of 16.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1847. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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