by Victoria Proctor, © 2003
James Norton (1843-1920)
born near Mullins, Marion County, S.C., October 8, 1843; pursued an academic course; left school in 1861, at age 17, to enter the Confederate Army; served throughout the Civil War in the Army of Northern Virginia; wounded several times before 1864; captured and held prisoner at Point Lookout until July 1865.
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.
Married 18 May 1870 Rachel Cochrane Sellers, daughter of historian W.W. Sellers. Died in Mullins, S.C., October 14, 1920; interment in Millerís Churchyard.
Sellers, W.W., History of Marion County
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