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Rep. Thomas Lowndes

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 1st District

Lowndes was the representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district and was a Federalist. He served from 1803 to 1805.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Federalist from 1801 to 1803.

Photo of Rep. Thomas Lowndes [F-SC1, 1803-1805]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1801 to Mar 1805, Lowndes missed 88 of 274 roll call votes, which is 32.1%. This is worse than the median of 17.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1805. 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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