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|
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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1835-Feb 1836||57||12||21.1%||76th|
|Dec 1836-Mar 1837||136||31||22.8%||48th|
|Dec 1837-Feb 1838||52||16||30.8%||76th|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||145||48||33.1%||68th|
|Dec 1839-Feb 1840||170||36||21.2%||49th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||123||72||58.5%||86th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000