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Patrick Norton (American politician)

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Patrick Norton
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byJames H. Sinclair
6th North Dakota Secretary of State
In office
GovernorJohn Burke
Preceded byAlfred Blaisdell
Succeeded byThomas Hall
Personal details
Patrick Daniel Norton

May 17, 1876
Ishpeming, Michigan, U.S.
DiedOctober 14, 1953 (aged 77)
Minot, North Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of North Dakota (BA, LL.B)

Patrick Daniel Norton (May 17, 1876 – October 14, 1953) was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1919, representing North Dakota's 3rd congressional district as a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Born in Ishpeming, Michigan, Norton moved with his parents to Ramsey County, North Dakota in 1883 where he attended public schools. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1897, and studied law at the University of North Dakota School of Law.


Norton was admitted to the State Bar Association of North Dakota in 1903 and began his own legal practice in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He served as the superintendent of the schools of Ramsey County from 1905 to 1907, and as the Chief Clerk of the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1907 and 1908. He moved to Hettinger, North Dakota, in 1907 and served as prosecuting attorney of Adams County from 1907 to 1911. He became known as a statewide politician when he served as Secretary of State of North Dakota from 1911 to 1912.

Norton was elected as a Republican to the 63rd, 64th, and 65th Congresses (March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919). He opted not to seek re-election in 1918. After leaving the House, he moved to Mandan, North Dakota in 1919 and engaged in farming, livestock raising, banking, and the practice of law. He served as the National bank receiver at Brookings, South Dakota. from 1924 to 1927. He moved to Minot, North Dakota in 1927, and served as delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention.

Personal life

Norton was married to Louise Fitzgerald, with whom he had two sons and several grandchildren.


  • United States Congress. "Patrick Norton (id: N000156)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary of State of North Dakota
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 3rd congressional district

1913 – 1919
Succeeded by

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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