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Rep. William Caldwell

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 9th District

Caldwell was the representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1877 to 1879.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1875 to 1877.

Photo of Rep. William Caldwell [D-TN9, 1877-1879]

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1875 to Mar 1879, Caldwell missed 122 of 705 roll call votes, which is 17.3%. This is better than the median of 22.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1879. 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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