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Pennsylvania State Senate

A Wilson Norris

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Auditors General Office, Com. of Pa.




Session Position District Party
1881-1882 6 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia


1842 - 1888

Born at Lewistown, Pa., 1842; Senator Norris was educated at Georgetown College (University), Washington, D.C. and enlisted as a lieutenant in the 107th Regt., PVI, Nov. 1861.  He was captured and exchanged at 1st Manassas; fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and was recaptured at Gettysburg, 1863; remained a prisoner for 20 months in Staunton and Libby Prisons, Virginia; exchanged, re-joined old unit and mustered out as captain, 1865.  Norris graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1867; was admitted to the Philadelphia bar, where he practiced until 1872; received an appointment from Gov. Hartranft as personal secretary during the same year; first Recorder of the Board of Pardons, 1873; Inspector General of the Grand Army of the Potomac and commander of the Dept. of Pennsylvania; aide-de-camp for Gov. Hartranft, 1877; secretary of the Republican State Committee for six years; Reporter of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania through 1880; Judge Advocate General to Gov. Hoyt, 1881; Philadelphia 6th District Senator for 1881-1882; and retired from the Senate to become President Arthur’s 1884 choice for U.S. Pension Agent, Philadelphia.  Norris was elected Auditor General of the Commonwealth thereafter, a position he served until his death on May 21, 1888, five days after playing a key role in the 1888 Harrisburg State Republican Convention.