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Sen. Thomas Willis Cobb

Former Senator for Georgia

Cobb was a senator from Georgia and was a Jackson. He served from 1824 to 1829.

He was previously the representative for Georgia as a Republican from 1819 to 1821; and the representative for Georgia as a Republican from 1817 to 1819.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1824 to May 1828, Cobb missed 56 of 450 roll call votes, which is 12.4%. This is on par with the median of 9.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in May 1828. 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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