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Sen. Stephen Douglas

Former Senator for Illinois

Douglas was a senator from Illinois and was a Democrat. He served from 1859 to 1861.

He was previously a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1853 to 1859; a senator from Illinois as a Democrat from 1847 to 1853; the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1845 to 1847; and the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1843 to 1845.

Photo of Sen. Stephen Douglas [D-IL, 1859-1861]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1847 to Mar 1861, Douglas missed 1,520 of 3,547 roll call votes, which is 42.9%. This is much worse than the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1861. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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