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NORVELL, John, senator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1790" died in Detroit, Michigan, 11 April, 1850. He was a printer by trade, and edited a paper in Philadelphia, but subsequently removed to Michigan, and was identified with the early history of the state, he was postmaster of Detroit in 1828-'30, afterward United States district attorney, and on the admission of Michigan into the Union as a state was elected to the United States senate as a Democrat, serving in 1835-'41. Six of his seven sons served with credit in the National army during the civil war.
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