Norton was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1893). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died in St. Louis, Missouri, March 15, 1918. He was interred in City Cemetery, Troy, Missouri.