NORTON, James, (1843 - 1920)


NORTON, James, a Representative from South Carolina; born near Mullins, Marion County, S.C., October 8, 1843; pursued an academic course; left school in 1861 to enter the Confederate Army; served throughout the Civil War in the Army of Northern Virginia; after the war reentered school, but did not finish the regular course; teacher in the public schools 1866-1870; engaged in agricultural pursuits and merchandising; elected county school commissioner in 1870 and reelected in 1872; member of the State house of representatives in 1886, 1887, 1890, and 1891; assistant comptroller general of the State of South Carolina 1890-1894; comptroller general of the State from 1894 until 1897, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John L. McLaurin; reelected to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from December 6, 1897, to March 3, 1901; was not a candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; resumed agricultural pursuits and also engaged in the real estate business; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1907-1908; died in Mullins, S.C., October 14, 1920; interment in Miller’s Churchyard.