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Rep. Thomas Arnold

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 1st District

Arnold was the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1841 to 1843.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district as an Anti Jacksonian from 1831 to 1833.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Arnold 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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Arnold was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1831 to Mar 1843, Arnold missed 66 of 1,436 roll call votes, which is 4.6%. This is better than the median of 26.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1843. 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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