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William F. Norrell

William Frank Norrell (August 29, 1896 – February 15, 1961) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas' former 6th congressional district. Upon his death, he was succeeded in Congress by his widow, Catherine Dorris Norrell.

William F. Norrell
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – February 15, 1961
Preceded byJohn L. McClellan
Succeeded byCatherine Dorris Norrell
Arkansas State Senator
In office
President of the Arkansas State Senate
In office
Preceded byNed Stewart
Succeeded byFred S. Armstrong
Personal details
William Frank Norrell

(1896-08-29)August 29, 1896
Milo, Ashley County
Arkansas, USA
DiedFebruary 15, 1961(1961-02-15) (aged 64)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeOakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Catherine Dorris Norrell
ChildrenJudy Norrell
ResidenceMonticello, Drew County, Arkansas
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello

University of the Ozarks

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War I

Born in Milo in Ashley County in south Arkansas, Norrell attended the public schools, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, then known as Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College, the University of the Ozarks, then College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School. During World War I, Norrell served in the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army. In 1920, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Monticello in Drew County, Arkansas. From 1930 to 1938, Norrell served as member of the Arkansas State Senate. He was the Senate President from 1934 to 1938 under Lieutenant Governors William Lee Cazort and Robert L. Bailey.

Norrell was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Washington, D.C. He was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

He is interred beside his wife at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "William F. Norrell (id: N000137)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John L. McClellan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Catherine Dorris Norrell
Preceded by
Ned Stewart
President of the Arkansas State Senate

William Frank Norrell

Succeeded by
Fred S. Armstrong