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Senator George W. Norris
Senator George Norris was an American statesman who's
considered the father of the Rural Electrification Act,
and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Norris was the 5-term
U.S. Senator (1913-43) who wrote the 20th Amendment to
the Constitution, which eliminated the "lame-duck" Congress,
altered the date of the president's inauguration, among
other changes. He was also a 5-term U.S. Congressman
It was Senator Norris who championed the concept
of the non-partisan, single-house legislature.
After approval by voters in 1934, Nebraska later
became the very first state to reform and convert
its state legislatures into a one-house legislature.
He famously voted against U.S. entry into World
War I, but is best remembered for helping bring
electricity to rural areas throughout the United
States via the Rural Electrification Act, and
improving the lives of millions through the
creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Over his long career he earned a reputation
as a man of integrity, and is considered one
of the most respected senators of all time
by many historians.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: George William Norris
Date and place of birth: July 11, 1861,
near Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: September 2, 1944*,
at 706 Main Avenue (now Norris Avenue), McCook, Nebraska, U.S.A. (Stroke)
Wife: Pluma Lashley (m. 1890 - 1901) (her death)
Wife: Ellie Leonard (m. 1903 - September 2, 1944) (his death)
Daughters: Hazel Norris, Marian Norris, and Gertrude Norris
Burial site: Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Senator Norris did not die
"September 22," as some editions of the Grolier Encyclopedia claim.
Some editions of Encyclopedia
Britannica mistakenly state he died "September 3."
Additional note: He died in the upstairs, east
bedroom of his home at 706 Main Avenue
(now Norris Avenue), in McCook, Nebraska.
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