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Rep. William Felton

Former Representative for Georgia’s 7th District

Felton was the representative for Georgia’s 7th congressional district and was an Ind. Democrat. He served from 1877 to 1881.

He was previously the representative for Georgia’s 7th congressional district as an Ind. Democrat from 1875 to 1877.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1875 to Mar 1881, Felton missed 191 of 1,144 roll call votes, which is 16.7%. This is better than the median of 27.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1881. 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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