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Rep. William Augustus Hall

Former Representative for Missouri’s 8th District

Hall was the representative for Missouri’s 8th congressional district and was an Unionist. He served from 1863 to 1865.

He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1861 to 1863.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1861 to Mar 1865, Hall missed 544 of 1,143 roll call votes, which is 47.6%. This is much worse than the median of 28.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1865. 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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