Norman was born 20 September, 1793 at the Norman family home, The Rookery, Bromley Common, Kent. He died there 4 September 1882. He was largely self-educated. He recorded in his private papers that the school he attended, Eton, ‘taught but little and that badly’. Unlike his close friend overstone, he did not attend university; instead he Read voraciously. An intensely neurotic man, following a nervous breakdown in 1822, he was allowed the unusual privilege of remaining a director of the Bank of England from 1821 to 1872 without ever being governor. Norman was in the timber trade from 1810 to 1830, and was later an Exchequer Bill Commissioner (1831–42), a Public Works Loan Commissioner (1842–75), and a director of the Sun Insurance Company (1830–64). He was also a witness before a number of Parliamentary Select Committees as an articulate spokesman of the Currency School camp within the Bank of England directorate.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.