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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.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Colquitt faced an allegation of disloyalty to the United States during negotiations on the boundary of Oregon Territory in newspaper articles. On Mar. 16, 1846, committee exonerated all senators (and Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.

Mar. 16, 1846 Committee exonerated all senators (and Senate agreed) and expelled the newspaper from the Senate gallery after the publisher admitted he didn't know if what he printed was true or not.
Photo of Sen. Walter Colquitt [D-GA, 1843-1849]

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.

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Primary Sources

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