William Norton

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William Norton
Minister for Social Welfare
In office
18 February 1948 – 13 June 1951
Preceded by Seán Lemass
Succeeded by Seán Lemass
Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957
Preceded by Seán Lemass
Succeeded by Seán Lemass
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
1932 – March 1960
Preceded by Thomas J. O'Connell
Succeeded by Brendan Corish
Personal details
Born 1900
Dublin, Ireland
Died 4 December 1963(1963-12-04) (aged 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Labour Party

William Norton (1900 – 4 December 1963) was an Irish Labour Party politician, and leader of the party from 1932 to 1960.[1]

Norton was born in Dublin in 1900. He joined the postal service in 1916. By 1920 he was a prominent member in the trade union movement in Ireland. From 1924 to 1948 he served as secretary of the Post Office Workers' Union.

He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin County at a by-election in 1926, but was defeated at the June 1927 general election. In Professor Tom Garvin's review of the 1950s 'News from a New Republic', he comes in for praise as a moderniser. Garvin places him with a cross party group including Gerard Sweetman and Daniel Morrissey of Fine Gael as well as Seán Lemass of Fianna Fáil who were pushing a modernising agenda. He represented Kildare from 1932 until his death.[2]

In 1932 he became leader of the Labour Party. In the First Inter-Party Government (1948–1951), Norton became Tánaiste and Minister for Social Welfare. In the Second Inter-Party Government (1954–1957), Norton served as Tánaiste and Minister for Industry and Commerce.

William Norton died in Dublin in 1963. His son Patrick Norton served as a TD for Kildare from 1965 to 1969.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Norton". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mr. William Norton". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
James Ryan
Minister for Social Welfare
1948–1951
Succeeded by
James Ryan
Preceded by
Seán Lemass
Tánaiste
1948–1951
Succeeded by
Seán Lemass
Minister for Industry and Commerce
1954–1957
Preceded by
Seán Lemass
Tánaiste
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Seán Lemass
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. O'Connell
Leader of the Labour Party
1932–1960
Succeeded by
Brendan Corish