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Rep. William Colcock

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 7th District

Colcock was the representative for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1851 to 1853.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1849 to 1851.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1849 to Mar 1853, Colcock missed 387 of 1,027 roll call votes, which is 37.7%. This is worse than the median of 27.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1853. 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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