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Rep. William Hayward

Former Representative for Maryland’s 7th District

Hayward was the representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district and was (unknown party). He served from 1823 to 1825.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1823 to Mar 1825, Hayward missed 26 of 94 roll call votes, which is 27.7%. This is much worse than the median of 12.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1825. 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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