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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.

Photo of Sen. Spencer Jarnagin [W-TN, 1843-1847]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Jarnagin was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Jarnagin was one of them.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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