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Enslavers in the U.S. Congress

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  • https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26730545/william-smith
    Congressman William Smith (1751 - 1837)
    DAR#A106118 Smith DNA Project William Smith was a U. S. Congressman, State Senator, and County Judge from Spartanburg Co., South Carolina. Smith was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the oldest ...
  • Rep. George Washington Hopkins (1804 - 1861)
    Born in Goochland County, Va., probably February 22, 1804. Died in Richmond, Va., March 2, 1861. Buried in Sinking Springs Cemetery, Abingdon, Va. George W. Hopkins of Washington County was the son of ...
  • David Holmes, Governor, U.S. Senator (1769 - 1832)
    Holmes (March 10, 1769 – August 20, 1832) was the last governor of the Mississippi Territory and the first governor of the State of Mississippi.CareerBorn in York County, Pennsylvania, Holmes and his f...
  • Rep. Joel Holleman (1799 - 1844)
  • Rep. Alexander Richmond Holladay (1811 - 1877)
    Richmond Holladay (September 18, 1811 – January 29, 1877) was a 19th-century politician and lawyer from Virginia.Early life and backgroundBorn on the Prospect Hill plantation, Belmont, in Spotsylvania ...

In January 2022, the Washington Post published a remarkable database of every member of the United States Congress known to have enslaved other Americans -- a list containing 1,715 names.

This project aims to:

  1. Add every member of Congress from that list, building new tree branches as needed
  2. Note the member of Congress' status as an enslaver on their profile
  3. Help add documentation to profiles as needed

The master list is available to Post subscribers, but if you'd like to help with the project and don't have a subscription, please contact the project creator.

A systemic, state-by-state approach might be the easiest way to get all of the profiles included.

Progress note: As of 12 January 2022, all 137 known enslavers who represented Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, and Delaware have been added to the project; next up is 14 enslavers from Florida.