Edwin L. Norris
|Edwin L. Norris|
|5th Governor of Montana|
|Preceded by||Joseph Toole|
|Succeeded by||Sam V. Stewart|
|Born||August 15, 1865
Cumberland County, Kentucky
|Died||April 25, 1924
Great Falls, Montana
|Alma mater||Southern Normal School, Bowling Green, Kentucky|
Norris was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky in 1865, and graduated from the Southern Normal School, now Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He moved from Kentucky to Montana in 1888, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1889. He married Elizabeth June Wilkins. He practiced law in Dillon, Montana and was city attorney there for five years.
He became Governor in 1908 upon the resignation of Joseph K. Toole, and was elected in his own right in the 1908 election, serving until 1913. Norris is credited with signing state laws prohibiting discrimination by life insurance companies and making mine operators liable when employees became disabled.
Norris died in Great Falls, Montana in 1924. He was first buried in Fairview Cemetery and later moved to New Highland Cemetery where he is still interred.
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- "Montana Governor Edwin Lee Norris". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
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