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Rep. William Grayson

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 2nd District

Grayson was the representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district and was a Nullifier. He served from 1835 to 1837.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district as a Nullifier from 1833 to 1835.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1833 to Mar 1837, Grayson missed 212 of 786 roll call votes, which is 27.0%. This is worse than the median of 21.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1837. 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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