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George William Norris was a progressive and liberal U.S

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BirthdayJuly 11, 1861
Died onSeptember 2, 1944
NationalityAmerican
FamousFormer Us Senator, Republicans, Leaders, Political Leaders
IdeologiesRepublicans
SpousesEllie Leonard, Pluma Lashley
Known asJudge George William Norris
Universities
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Valparaiso University
  • History of Baldwin Wallace University
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
Birth PlaceYork Township, Sandusky County, Ohio
Political IdeologyRepublican
GenderMale
Sun SignCancer
Born inYork Township, Sandusky County, Ohio
Famous asFormer US Senator
Died at Age83

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Who is George W. Norris?

George William Norris was a progressive and liberal U.S. politician. He started his political career from the state of Nebraska and served five terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1903 until 1913 and five terms in the United States Senate from 1913 until 1943. His political reforms and advocacy of a Progressive Legislature brought him honor and accolades. Out of all his contributions the most significant ones are making the ownership of hydroelectric plants public, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority for flood control and electricity in the Tennessee River region. His participation in the Norris-La Guardia Act was widely appreciated for debarring labor injunctions in labor disputes. Due to his close collaborations with the President Roosevelt, he came to be popularly known as the ‘Democrat of Democrats’. His powerful crusading against the immoral and vice got him the honor of being amongst the top five Senators in the U.S. history.

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Childhood & Early life

George William Norris was born on July 11, 1861 in Sandusky, Ohio, into a family of underprivileged Scots-Irish farmers.

His childhood was tough as he lost his father at the tender age of four. His mother, Mary’s support and encouragement motivated George towards some serious education so that their financial miseries could be abated.

He started attending district schools and his exemplary debating skills supported his choice of law as a career. He did work on farms and also taught in school while studying at the Baldwin University, Berea, in order to support his mother in running a family of 11 children.

He completed graduation from the law School of Valparaiso University in 1883 after which he returned home where he taught and worked as a clerk in a local law office simultaneously.

Career

After spending two years at the local law office, he finally started practice in Beaver City, Nebraska, and in 1899 inaugurated his own office in McCook.

George Norris was appointed the Furnas County prosecutor in 1892 and the district judge in 1895.

He became a member of the Congress in 1902 and remained so for another four years in a row.

He led a revolutionary group in 1910 that worked on combating the autocracy of the Speaker, Joseph G. Cannon in the House.

The National Progressive Republican League was created in January 1911 under his leadership.

Although he supported Roosevelt’s Republican Convention but did not become a part of the Progressive Party.

In 1913, he was elected to the U. S. Senate. He was very much against the non- progressive legislative program, the foreign policy and the war announcement by Woodrow Wilson and also opposed America becoming the member of the League of Nations and participation in the World War.

Post his renouncing the Republican label, he won the Senate seat as an independent in 1936 with Roosevelt’s support. Failing to be re-elected, he retired in 1942.

He spent his last years working on his autobiography entitled, ‘Fighting Liberal’ which was published in 1945, a year post his death

Awards & Achievements

By opposing the privatization of the hydroelectric set ups in 1920, George Norris became a leader of the farm relief legislation.

In spite of severe opposition to the bill for governmental holdings in 1928, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created in 1931; post which he became the “father of the TVA” and the very first dam under this project was named as the Norris Dam.

One of Norris’ greatest achievements was in the form of the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was proposed and passed in 1923 and 1933 respectively. It is also famous as the “Lame Duck” amendment. This amendment eradicated the lameness of the Congress by changing the President’s inauguration date.

The twentieth Amendment played a pivotal role in introducing an exclusive non-partisan, unicameral legislature in Nebraska in 1934.

George Norris became the first person to be placed in the ‘Nebraska Hall of Fame’ in 1961.

John F. Kennedy’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ comprising of eight senators lists George Norris too for his oppositions to the Speaker’s autocracy and arming of the U.S. merchant ships during World War I.

George Norris’ house in McCook has been converted into a museum by the Nebraska State Historical Society and is placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The main north-south Street through the downtown McCook, Nebraska, is named as George Norris Avenue.

Many schools have been named after George W. Norris such as George W. Norris Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, the George W. Norris K – 12 school system near Firth, Nebraska, and George W. Norris Elementary School in Millard Public.

The merger of many public power districts in southeastern Nebraska in 1941 formed a new set up that was called as the Norris Public Power District.

Personal Life & Legacy

George Norris married Pluma Lashley in 1889 from whom he had three daughters. Post Pluma’s death, he remarried Ellie Leonard in 1903.

He passed away at the age of 83 on September 2, 1944 in McCook and was cremated at the Memorial Park Cemetery.

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George W. Norris biography timelines

  • // 11th Jul 1861
    George William Norris was born on July 11, 1861 in Sandusky, Ohio, into a family of underprivileged Scots-Irish farmers.
  • // 1883
    He completed graduation from the law School of Valparaiso University in 1883 after which he returned home where he taught and worked as a clerk in a local law office simultaneously.
  • // 1889 To 1903
    George Norris married Pluma Lashley in 1889 from whom he had three daughters. Post Pluma’s death, he remarried Ellie Leonard in 1903.
  • // 1892 To 1895
    George Norris was appointed the Furnas County prosecutor in 1892 and the district judge in 1895.
  • // 1899
    After spending two years at the local law office, he finally started practice in Beaver City, Nebraska, and in 1899 inaugurated his own office in McCook.
  • // 1902
    He became a member of the Congress in 1902 and remained so for another four years in a row.
  • // 1910
    He led a revolutionary group in 1910 that worked on combating the autocracy of the Speaker, Joseph G. Cannon in the House.
  • // Jan 1911
    The National Progressive Republican League was created in January 1911 under his leadership.
  • // 1913
    In 1913, he was elected to the U. S. Senate. He was very much against the non- progressive legislative program, the foreign policy and the war announcement by Woodrow Wilson and also opposed America becoming the member of the League of Nations and participation in the World War.
  • // 1920
    By opposing the privatization of the hydroelectric set ups in 1920, George Norris became a leader of the farm relief legislation.
  • // 1923 To 1933
    One of Norris’ greatest achievements was in the form of the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was proposed and passed in 1923 and 1933 respectively. It is also famous as the “Lame Duck” amendment. This amendment eradicated the lameness of the Congress by changing the President’s inauguration date.
  • // 1928 To 1931
    In spite of severe opposition to the bill for governmental holdings in 1928, the Tennessee Valley Authority was created in 1931; post which he became the “father of the TVA” and the very first dam under this project was named as the Norris Dam.
  • // 1934
    The twentieth Amendment played a pivotal role in introducing an exclusive non-partisan, unicameral legislature in Nebraska in 1934.
  • // 1936 To 1942
    Post his renouncing the Republican label, he won the Senate seat as an independent in 1936 with Roosevelt’s support. Failing to be re-elected, he retired in 1942.
  • // 1941
    The merger of many public power districts in southeastern Nebraska in 1941 formed a new set up that was called as the Norris Public Power District.
  • // 2nd Sep 1944
    He passed away at the age of 83 on September 2, 1944 in McCook and was cremated at the Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • // 1945
    He spent his last years working on his autobiography entitled, ‘Fighting Liberal’ which was published in 1945, a year post his death
  • // 1961
    George Norris became the first person to be placed in the ‘Nebraska Hall of Fame’ in 1961.

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George W. Norris's FAQ

  • What is George W. Norris birthday?

    George W. Norris was born at 1861-07-11

  • When was George W. Norris died?

    George W. Norris was died at 1944-09-02

  • Where was George W. Norris died?

    George W. Norris was died in McCook

  • Which age was George W. Norris died?

    George W. Norris was died at age 83

  • Where is George W. Norris's birth place?

    George W. Norris was born in York Township, Sandusky County, Ohio

  • What is George W. Norris nationalities?

    George W. Norris's nationalities is American

  • What is George W. Norris ideologies?

    George W. Norris's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is George W. Norris spouses?

    George W. Norris's spouses is Ellie Leonard, Pluma Lashley

  • What was George W. Norris universities?

    George W. Norris studied at Baldwin Wallace University, Valparaiso University, History of Baldwin Wallace University

  • Which company or organization was founded by George W. Norris?

    George W. Norris was the founder/co-founder of Tennessee Valley Authority

  • What is George W. Norris's political ideology?

    George W. Norris's political ideology is Republican

  • What is George W. Norris's sun sign?

    George W. Norris is Cancer

  • How famous is George W. Norris?

    George W. Norris is famouse as Former US Senator