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NORTON, Asahel Strong, clergyman, born in Farmington, Connecticut, 20 September, 1765 ; died in Clinton, New York, 10 May, 1S53. His father, Ichabod Norton, was a colonel in the war of the Revolution. The son was graduated at Yale in 1790, licensed as a Congregational preacher in 1792, and in 1793 bet came pastor of the church in Clinton, New York, which charge he retained till November, 1833. He was one of the founders of Hamilton college, and was appointed to deliver the Latin address at the inauguration of the first president, Azel Backus. He was a member of the corporation of the college from its foundation till 1833, and for forty years exerted an important influence in western New York. In 1819 he received the degree of D. D. from Union college.
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