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Mary Teresa NORTON

(1875-1959)

NORTON, Mary Teresa, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Jersey City, N.J., March 7, 1875; attended parochial schools and the Jersey City High School; was graduated from Packard Business College, New York City, in 1896; president of the Queen’s Daughters’ Day Nursery Association of Jersey City 1916-1927; appointed to represent Hudson County on the State Democratic committee in 1920; elected a member of that committee in 1921 and served as vice chairman 1921-1931 and as chairman 1932-1935; also served as vice chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Committee; elected county freeholder in 1922; delegate at large to the Democratic National Conventions in 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948; delegate to International Labor Conference at Paris, France, in 1945; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-January 3, 1951); chairwoman, Committee on District of Columbia (Seventy-second through Seventy-fifth Congresses), Committee on Labor (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Memorials (Seventy-seventh Congress), Committee on House Administration (Eighty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1950; consultant, Women’s Advisory Committee on Defense Manpower, Department of Labor, 1951 and 1952; died in Greenwich, Conn., August 2, 1959; interment in Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.

Bibliography

Mitchell, Gary. “Women Standing for Women: The Early Political Career of Mary T. Norton.” New Jersey History 96 (Spring-Summer 1978): 27-42; Rees, Maureen. “Mary Norton: A Grand Girl.” Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 47 (December 1985): 59-75.

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

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