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.|
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||114||56||49.1%||88th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||155||62||40.0%||80th|
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