Benjamin White Norris

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Benjamin White Norris
Hon. Benjamin W. Norris, Alabama - NARA - 527035.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
July 21, 1868 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by David Clopton
Succeeded by Robert Stell Heflin
Personal details
Born Benjamin White Norris
(1819-01-22)January 22, 1819
Monmouth, Maine
Died January 26, 1873(1873-01-26) (aged 54)
Montgomery, Alabama
Political party Republican

Benjamin White Norris (January 22, 1819 – January 26, 1873) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Monmouth, Maine, Norris prepared for college at Monmouth Academy, and was graduated from Waterville College (now Colby College), Maine, in 1843. He taught one term in Kents Hill Seminary. He engaged in the grocery business in Skowhegan, Maine. He served as delegate to the Free-Soil Convention at Buffalo in 1848. He went to California in 1849, remaining one year, then returned to Skowhegan, and studied law. He was admitted to the bar of Somerset County in January 1852 and commenced practice there.

Political career[edit]

Norris served as land agent for the State of Maine 1860-1863, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He served as paymaster in the Union Army in 1864 and 1865. He was appointed major and additional paymaster in the Bureau of Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, serving from May 1 to August 2, 1865, at Mobile, Alabama.

Norris resided on a plantation in Wetumpka, Elmore County until 1872. He served as member of the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1868. Upon the readmission of Alabama to representation, he was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 21, 1868, to March 3, 1869. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress. He died in Montgomery, Alabama, January 26, 1873. He was interred in South Cemetery, Skowhegan, Maine.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd congressional district

July 21, 1868 - March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
Robert S. Heflin