Member Biography

James E. Norton 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1921-1922       11 Republican
1923-1924       11 Republican
1925-1926       11 Republican
1927-1928       11 Republican
1929-1930       11 Republican
1931-1932       11 Republican
1933-1934       11 Republican



02/23/1872 - 12/09/1935

James Edward Norton (R11) Berks County 1921-1935 

James Edward Norton, born February 23, 1872, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; son of James H. and Adelaide Norton; public school education; employed, Coleman / Norman Printing House; engaged insurance business; gubernatorial appointee, coroner, Berks County, 1916; appointed, draft board, Berks County, 1917; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1919-1920; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1921-1935; married, Fannie M. Coleman (d.1925) children, James Coleman Norton, Paul Robinson Norton, Ruth Virginia Norton; married, Mattie T. Thompson Norton; died while in office of the Senate, December 9, 1935, heart attack, theater, found by usher, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; interment, Laureldale Cemetery, Tuckerton, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Member, Coleman Printing House which, later, merged into Norton Printing House; engaged, general insurance business, 1913-1919. Secretary -treasurer of the Reading Typographical Union No. 86.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, Coroner of Berks County, Governor Brumbaugh; Doctor L. G. Hain, deceased, 1916.

Appointed, member, Berks County, District Draft Board No. 3, 1917.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1919-1920; not a candidate for reelection, 1920.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 11th district, Berks County, 1921-1935; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Elections, Federal Relations, Game and Fisheries, Insurance, Legislative Apportionment (Chairman), Library, Military Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Public Printing, Railroads.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members N"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1923-1924). Whitmore, R.E., (Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 983, 988, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 964.

Reading Eagle Reading Pennsylvania Tuesday December 10, 1935, page 20.

James Edward Norton (1872-1935) - Find a Grave Memorial