NORRIS, Alexander Wilson, son of John C. Norris, M.D., and Susan Matilda (Stine) Norris, was born June 6, 1872, at Salona, Clinton county, Pa. On his father's side he is descended from an old Virginia family. His great-grandfather, John Norris, left his native State shortly after the war of the Revolution, and settled in Mifflin county, Pa. On the maternal side his ancestors were of German descent. His great-great-grandfather, Abraham Stein, emighrated to this country from Germany in 1748, and settled in what is now Jonestown, Lebanon county. Mr. Norris' father, Dr. John C. Norris, a prominent physician of Clinton county and an officer in the Union army during the late war, died when his son was less than a year old. Being thus deprived of his father's care the boy was adopted and raised by his uncle, the late Col. A. Wilson Norris, for years a prominent figure in Pennsylvania politics and auditor general of the State at the time of his death in 1888. Mr.Norris was educated in the private schools of Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania. He came to Harrisburg in 1890 and began the study of law with Weiss & Gilbert. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1893, immediately upon his coming of age. He is associated in the practice of law with Col. Howard L. Calder under the firm name of Calder & Norris. He has been an active figure in politics ever since settling in Dauphin county and is looked upon as one of the younger leaders in the Republican party. Mr. Norris has an enviable reputation as a speaker, both on the hustings and in court. He has been twice elected vice-president of the Republican League of Clubs in Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the National Guard of Pennsylvania for six or seven years and at present an aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. J. P. S. Gobin, with the rank of captain.* He has served as president of the Friendship Fire Company, No. 1, the oldest fire company in Harrisburg; is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., and of a number of other organizations. Captain Norris is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Dauphin County Historical Society, and of several other historical and genealogical societies. He also holds membership in a number of clubs in this city and in Philadelphia.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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