Jesse O. Norton

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Jesse O. Norton

Jesse Olds Norton (December 25, 1812 - August 3, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Bennington, Vermont, Norton attended Bennington Academy was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1835. Norton was a charter member of The Kappa Alpha Society and was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa. For four years he taught high school in West Viorginia and Missouri and then moved to Illinois where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and began practice in Joliet. Norton was a Probate Judge in 1846. He served as member of the state constitutional convention in 1847 and served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1851 and 1852.

Norton was 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). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856. He served as judge of the eleventh judicial district of Illinois 1857-1862.

Norton was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1864. He served as delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866. He resumed the practice of his profession and was United States Attorney for Northern Illinois from 1866 to 1869. He died in Chicago, Illinois, August 3, 1875, and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Orlando B. Ficklin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

1853-1857
Succeeded by
Owen Lovejoy
Preceded by
Anthony L. Knapp
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 6th congressional district

1863-1865
Succeeded by
Burton C. Cook

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