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Rep. Thomas Benton

Former Representative for Missouri’s 1st District

Benton was the representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1853 to 1855.

He was previously a senator from Missouri as a Democrat from 1845 to 1851; a senator from Missouri as a Democrat from 1839 to 1845; a senator from Missouri as a Democrat from 1833 to 1839; a senator from Missouri as a Jackson from 1827 to 1833; and a senator from Missouri as a Jackson from 1821 to 1827.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Benton faced an allegation of breach of comity on April 17, 1850 for threatening Foote. On Jun. 30, 1850, a committee recommended no further action against Benton or Foote since Foote had no intention of actually shooting and Benton had been threatening but hadn't acted.

Jun. 30, 1850 Committee recommended no further action against Benton or Foote since Foote had no intention of actually shooting and Benton had been threatening but hadn't acted.
Photo of Rep. Thomas Benton [D-MO1, 1853-1855]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1853 to Mar 1855, Benton missed 293 of 607 roll call votes, which is 48.3%. This is much worse than the median of 31.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1855. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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