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James Norton (South Carolina politician)

James Norton (October 8, 1843 – October 14, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

James Norton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
December 6, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byJohn L. McLaurin
Succeeded byRobert B. Scarborough
Comptroller General of South Carolina
In office
GovernorJohn Gary Evans
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1843-10-08)October 8, 1843
Mullins, South Carolina
DiedOctober 14, 1920(1920-10-14) (aged 77)
Mullins, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionTeacher, politician
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Years of service1861–1865
UnitArmy of Northern Virginia
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Born near Mullins, South Carolina, Norton pursued an academic course, then he left school in 1861 to enter the Confederate States Army. He served throughout the Civil War in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war Norton reentered school, but did not finish the regular course.

He was a teacher in the public schools 1866-1870, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and merchandising.

Norton was elected county school commissioner in 1870 and reelected in 1872. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1886, 1887, 1890, and 1891. He served as assistant comptroller general of South Carolina 1890-1894, then the actual comptroller general of the State from 1894 until 1897, when he resigned.

Norton was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John L. McLaurin. He was reelected to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from December 6, 1897, to March 3, 1901. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress.

He resumed agricultural pursuits and also engaged in the real estate business. He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1907-1908.

He died in Mullins, South Carolina, October 14, 1920. He was interred in Miller's Churchyard.


  • United States Congress. "James Norton (id: N000149)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John L. McLaurin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert B. Scarborough

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