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Sen. Thomas Clingman

Former Senator for North Carolina

Clingman was a senator from North Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1858 to 1861.

He was previously the representative for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1855 to 1857; the representative for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1853 to 1855; the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Whig from 1851 to 1853; the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Whig from 1849 to 1851; the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Whig from 1847 to 1849; and the representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Whig from 1843 to 1845.

Misconduct

Clingman faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jul. 11, 1861, the Senate expelled him, 32-10.

Jul. 11, 1861 Senate expelled, 32-10
Photo of Sen. Thomas Clingman [D-NC, 1858-1861]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1858 to Mar 1861, Clingman missed 229 of 1,081 roll call votes, which is 21.2%. This is on par with the median of 21.9% 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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