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Sen. Walter Colquitt

Former Senator for Georgia

Colquitt was a senator from Georgia and was a Democrat. He served from 1843 to 1849.

He was previously the representative for Georgia as most recently a Democrat (1841-1843) and previously a Whig (1839-1841) from 1839 to 1843.

Photo of Sen. Walter Colquitt [D-GA, 1843-1849]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1844 to Feb 1848, Colquitt missed 372 of 701 roll call votes, which is 53.1%. This is much worse than the median of 19.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 1848. 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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