William G. Norton

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William G. Norton
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Waukegan, Illinois
Died February 1895
Indian River, Florida
Playing career
1889–1890 Dartmouth
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1894 Brown
Head coaching record
Overall 10–5

William G. Norton (year of birth unknown – 1895) was an American college football coach. He attended Dartmouth College, where he competed in track and field,[1] baseball, and earned varsity letters in football in 1889 and 1890.[2] In 1890, The New York Times wrote of Norton: "it is safe to say there will not be a better second baseman in the Triangular League. He batted fairly well last year, and has improved much since the first championship game last Spring."[3] He graduated from Dartmouth in 1890,[2] and then attended Yale Law School.[4]

In 1894, Norton coached the Brown University football team and amassed a record of 10–5.[5] In November 1894, Norton left Providence, Rhode Island for Florida. His burnt body was discovered on February 3, 1895 in a cabin on the Indian River, an apparent victim of murder.[4]


  1. ^ DARTMOUTH COLLEGE GAMES, The New York Times, October 3, 1888.
  2. ^ a b 2009 Dartmouth Football Media Guide, p. 118, Dartmouth College, 2009.
  3. ^ DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, The New York Times, February 16, 1890.
  4. ^ a b COLLEGE ATHLETE SLAIN; Seeming Murder in Florida of William Norton. Yale and Dartment Foot and Baseball Player and Coach for Brown. Blackened Body Found in Cabin of His Sleep on Indian River, The Boston Globe, February 5, 1895.
  5. ^ All-Time Coaching Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved July 7, 2010.