Reference Entry

Norris, George William

Wayne S. Cole

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:
Norris, George William

Show Summary Details


Norris, George William (11 July 1861–02 September 1944), congressman and senator, was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, the son of Chauncey Norris and Mary Magdalene Mook, farmers. Three years old when his father died, “Willie” learned to do hard work while he was no more than a child. Graduating from Northern Indiana Normal School (later named Valparaiso University) in 1880 and from law school at Valparaiso, Norris was admitted to the bar in 1883. He taught school before moving west in 1885 to the Great Plains state of Nebraska, where he built a law practice first in Beaver City and later in McCook. Much of his legal practice involved mortgage-loan services for financial and insurance companies. In 1889 Norris married Pluma Lashley, the daughter of a prosperous businessman in Beaver City. The couple had three daughters. After Pluma’s death in 1901, Norris married Ella Leonard, a McCook schoolteacher, in 1903. They had no children....

Reference Entry.  1919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.