Edwin L. Norris

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Edwin L. Norris
Governor Edwin L. Norris, of Montana, and John Mitchell, both half-length, standing LCCN93510877.jpg
5th Governor of Montana
In office
April 1, 1908 – January 5, 1913
LieutenantBenjamin F. White
William R. Allen
Preceded byJoseph Toole
Succeeded bySam V. Stewart
5th Lieutenant Governor of Montana
In office
GovernorJoseph Toole
Preceded byFrank G. Higgins
Succeeded byBenjamin F. White
Member of the Montana Senate
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 15, 1865
Cumberland County, Kentucky
DiedApril 25, 1924(1924-04-25) (aged 58)
Great Falls, Montana
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSouthern Normal School

Edwin Lee Norris (August 15, 1865 – April 25, 1924) was a Democratic politician from Montana. He served as the fifth Governor of Montana.


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 Montana bar on October 8, 1889.[1][2] He married Elizabeth June Wilkins. He practiced law in Dillon, Montana and was city attorney there for five years.


Norris was elected to the Montana State Senate in 1896 and served until 1900, serving as the Senate President in 1899.[2] He served as the state's fifth Lieutenant Governor from 1905 to 1908.[2]

He became Governor on April 1, 1908 upon the resignation of Joseph K. Toole, and was elected in his own right in the November 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, where he had lived since leaving the Governor's office.[1] He was first buried in Fairview Cemetery and later moved to New Highland Cemetery where he is still interred.


  1. ^ a b Stout, Tom, ed. (1921). Montana : its story and biography. Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society. pp. 674–675. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Montana Governor Edwin Lee Norris". National Governors Association. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Montana
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