Norton Strange Townshend
Norton Strange Townshend
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 21st district
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
|Preceded by||Joseph M. Root|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Stuart|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the Lorain County district
December 4, 1848 – December 2, 1849
|Preceded by||Elah Park|
|Succeeded by||Joseph L. Whiton|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 27th district
January 2, 1854 – January 6, 1856
|Preceded by||Aaron Pardee|
|Succeeded by||Herman Canfield|
|Born||December 25, 1815|
Clay Coton, Northamptonshire
|Died||July 13, 1895 (aged 79)|
|Resting place||Protestant Cemetery, Avon, Ohio|
|Alma mater||Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons|
Born in Clay Coton, Northamptonshire (England), in 1830 he migrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Avon, Ohio. He educated himself by the use of his father's library, taught a district school for a short time, and was graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1840.
Townshend was a delegate to the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840, but he was not included in the commemorative painting with other important delegates. He studied medicine in the hospitals of London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Dublin, and in 1841 engaged in the practice of medicine in Avon, Ohio. He moved to Elyria, Ohio, and was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1848 and 1849. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850 and was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853).
He engaged in agricultural pursuits near Avon, was director of the State board of agriculture from 1858 to 1869 and 1886 to 1889, was professor of agriculture in Iowa Agricultural College in 1869, and was appointed in 1870 as one of the first trustees of Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. He resigned in 1873 to become professor of agriculture in the new State college and served until his resignation in 1892 when he became professor emeritus. Townshend died in Columbus, Ohio in 1895; interment was in Protestant Cemetery, Avon, Ohio.
- United States Congress. "Norton Strange Townshend (id: T000338)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2013-02-02
- "Townshend Hall - Buckeye Stroll". osu.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- "Honest Independence: The Life of Norton Strange Townshend" (online exhibit