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George Norris

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George William Norris

In office
August 1926 – March 3, 1933
Preceded by Albert B. Cummins
Succeeded by Henry F. Ashurst

In office
March 4, 1913 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by Norris Brown
Succeeded by Kenneth Wherry

United States Representative for Nebraska's 5th Congressional District (since defunct)
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Ashton C. Shallenberger
Succeeded by Silas Reynolds Barton

Born July 11, 1861
York Township
Sandusky County,
Died September 2, 1944 (aged 83)
McCook, Nebraska
Political party Republican-turned-Independent (1936)
Spouse(s) (1) Pluma Lashley Norris
(married 1889–1901, her death)

(2) Ellie Leonard Norris (married 1903)

Children Three daughters from first marriage:

Gertrude, Hazel, and Marian Norris (married names unavailable)

Alma mater Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio)
Valparaiso University
Law School (Indiana)
Occupation Attorney

George William Norris (July 11, 1861 – September 2, 1944) was a Republican U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Nebraska. Born in Ohio, he was a leader of the bipartisan Progressive Movement, and by the 1930s he was a leading liberal in domestic policy and an isolationist in foreign affairs.

He is best known for having been featured in John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. He bravely spoke out against Joseph Cannon's power as Speaker of the House, and had been a rare Republican proponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

Political career

U.S. Senate

He was defeated for re-election in 1942 by Kenneth Wherry,[1] a conservative Republican who served in various offices in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

See also


  1. NE US Senate Race - Nov 03, 1942. Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 24, 2021.

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