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Rep. William Irvine

Former Representative for Pennsylvania

Irvine was the representative for Pennsylvania and was (unknown party). He served from 1793 to 1795.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

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compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents.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

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1794 to Mar 1795, Irvine missed 39 of 69 roll call votes, which is 56.5%. This is much worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1795. 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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