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Rep. Washington Barrow

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 8th District

Barrow was the representative for Tennessee’s 8th congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1847 to 1849.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1847 to Mar 1849, Barrow missed 152 of 478 roll call votes, which is 31.8%. This is worse than the median of 24.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1849. 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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