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Jesse Olds NORTON

(1812-1875)

NORTON, Jesse Olds, a Representative from Illinois; born in Bennington, Bennington County, Vt., December 25, 1812; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1835; moved to Illinois; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and began practice in Joliet, Ill.; member of the state constitutional convention in 1847; member of the state house of representatives in 1851 and 1852; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; judge of the eleventh judicial district of Illinois 1857-1862; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); was not a candidate for renomination in 1864; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Chicago, Ill., August 3, 1875; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet, Ill.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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