From Oct 1877 to Mar 1879, Matthews missed 120 of 569 roll call votes, which is 21.1%. This is better than the median of 30.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1879. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1877-Feb 1878||69||1||1.4%||0th|
|Dec 1878-Mar 1879||236||46||19.5%||21st|
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