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NORTON, Daniel Sheldon, senator, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, 12 April, 1829; died in Washington, D. C., 14 July, 1870. He was educated at Kenyon college, and served one year in the war with Mexico in the 2d Ohio regiment. He subsequently studied law, visited California and Nicaragua in 1850-'1, and on his return to Ohio was admitted to the bar in 1852, and began practice. In 1855 he removed to Minnesota, and in 1857 was elected to the state senate, and served in both branches of the legislature till 1865. He was elected United States senator from Minnesota as a Union-Conservative to succeed Morton S. Wilkinson, and served from 4 March, 1866, till his death. Senator Norton was a delegate to the Philadelphia National union convention in 1866, and on most questions of National policy voted with the Democrats.
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