James S. Norris

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James S. Norris
6th Speaker of the Minnesota Territory House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Nathan C. D. Taylor
Succeeded by Charles Gardner
Personal details
Born 1810
Monmouth, Maine
Died March 5, 1874
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Political party Democrat
Residence Cottage Grove, Minnesota

James S. Norris (1810 – March 5, 1874) was a Democratic politician from Minnesota Territory. Born in Monmouth, Maine, Norris moved to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin in 1839. He later moved to Minnesota, settling on a farm in Cottage Grove, Minnesota in 1842. He was elected to the first Minnesota Territorial Legislature in 1849 and re-elected in 1854. In 1855, he served as the Speaker of the Minnesota Territory House of Representatives. He attended the state's Democratic Constitutional Convention in 1857. In 1870 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. He died in Cottage Grove in 1874.[1][2]


  1. ^ Folsom, William Henry Carman (1888). Fifty Years in the Northwest. Pioneer Press Company. p. 363. 
  2. ^ "Norris, James S. — Legislator Record". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Nathan C. D. Taylor
Speaker of the Minnesota Territory House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charles Gardner