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John Nathaniel NORTON

(1878-1960)

NORTON, John Nathaniel, a Representative from Nebraska; born on a farm near Stromsburg, Polk County, Nebr., May 12, 1878; attended the public schools and Bryant Normal University, Stromsburg, Nebr.; was graduated from the Nebraska Wesleyan University at Lincoln in 1901 and from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1903; served as clerk and recorder of Polk County 1906-1909; mayor of Osceola, Nebr., in 1908 and 1909; moved to a farm near Polk, Nebr., and engaged in agricultural pursuits 1910-1922; member of the Nebraska house of representatives 1911-1918; member of the State constitutional convention in 1919 and 1920; Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska in 1924; engaged as a Chautauqua and Lyceum lecturer 1922-1927; elected as a Democrat to the Seventieth Congress (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; elected to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; representative and adviser in Agricultural Adjustment Administration from June 1933 to December 1936; member of the Nebraska Legislature in 1937 and 1938; special adviser in the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation at Washington, D.C., 1939-1948; died in Washington, D.C., October 5, 1960; interment in Swede Plain Cemetery, Polk County, Nebr.

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

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