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Sen. Wade Hampton

Former Senator for South Carolina

Hampton was a senator from South Carolina and was a Democrat. He served from 1885 to 1891.

He was previously a senator from South Carolina as a Democrat from 1879 to 1885.

Photo of Sen. Wade Hampton [D-SC, 1885-1891]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Apr 1879 to Mar 1891, Hampton missed 1,107 of 3,337 roll call votes, which is 33.2%. This is on par with the median of 35.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1891. 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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