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George W. Norris

Born: Jul 11, 1861

Death: Sep 2, 1944

Birthplace: York Township

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

George W. Norris

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1861
Date of Death : Sep 2, 1944
Birth Place : York Township

George William Norris was a U.S. politician from the state of Nebraska and a leader of progressive and liberal causes in Congress. He 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, four terms as a Republican and the final term as an independent. Norris was defeated for reelection in 1942. Norris is best known for his intense crusades against what he characterized as "wrong and evil", his liberalism, his insurgency against party leaders, his isolationist foreign policy, his support for labor unions, and especially for creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. President Franklin Roosevelt called him "the very perfect, gentle knight of American progressive ideals," and this has been the theme of all of his biographers.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge

Also known as

  • Judge George William Norris


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