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Norton, John

Janice Durbin-Dodd

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Norton, John (06 May 1606–05 April 1663), Puritan minister, was born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, the son of William Norton and Alice Browest. Little is known of his parents or his childhood. However, he entered Peterhouse College at Cambridge University at the age of fourteen, earning his B.A. in 1624 and his M.A. in 1627. After graduating, he became an usher at the grammar school and a curate at the church in Stortford. Norton was increasingly drawn to Puritanism, and as a result of his beliefs he declined a substantial beneficence from his uncle and a fellowship at Cambridge. Instead, he studied theology and became a chaplain in the house of Sir William Masham. Norton determined that he could best serve God in the New World. He and his recent bride (her name is unknown) prepared to sail to Massachusetts Bay in America with the Reverend ...

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