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Rep. William Graves

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 8th District

Graves was the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district and was a Whig. He served from 1839 to 1841.

He was previously the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839; and the representative for Kentucky’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1835 to 1837.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Graves faced an allegation of breach of the privileges of the House because on February 24, 1838 he killed Jonathan Cilley in a duel over words spoken in debate while Wise acted as a second. On Apr. 21, 1838, the Select Committee of Investigation recommended expulsion for Graves and censure for Wise. On May. 10, 1838, the House of Representatives tabled the expulsion resolution .

Apr. 21, 1838 Select Committee of Investigation recommended expulsion for Graves and censure for Wise.
May. 10, 1838 House of Representatives tabled the expulsion resolution

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1835 to Mar 1841, Graves missed 623 of 1,685 roll call votes, which is 37.0%. This is worse than the median of 30.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1841. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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