Polk was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. He served from 1857 to 1863.
Polk faced an allegation of disloyalty to the Union. On Jan. 9, 1862, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended expulsion since he had not appeared that session and had written public letters urging Missouri to secede. On Jan. 10, 1862, the Senate expelled him, 36-0.
|Jan. 9, 1862||Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended expulsion since he had not appeared that session and had written public letters urging Missouri to secede.|
|Jan. 10, 1862||Senate expelled, 36-0|
From Mar 1857 to Jan 1862, Polk missed 294 of 1,444 roll call votes, which is 20.4%. This is on par with the median of 20.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 1862. 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 1857-Feb 1858||57||5||8.8%||23rd|
|Dec 1858-Mar 1859||269||42||15.6%||30th|
|Dec 1859-Feb 1860||43||38||88.4%||98th|
|Dec 1860-Mar 1861||232||41||17.7%||55th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||14||14||100.0%||96th|
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