George W. Norris: U.S. Legislator from Nebraska
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George Norris as a young man
George Norris as a young man.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3298-1-58
With a deed for 80 acres of land as a gift from his mother and a loan of $300 from one of his sisters, Norris moved to Beatrice, Nebraska in 1885. His next home would be in Beaver City, Nebraska, where he married Pluma Lashley in 1890. George served as Beaver City’s prosecuting attorney.

In 1899, he moved his family to McCook, Nebraska. Now a judge, he witnessed the impact of farm foreclosures. Considering several years of harsh weather on the crops, Norris found a legal way to postpone some farmers losing their lands.

In 1901, George’s wife, Pluma, died. George found inspiration in his oldest daughter Hazel’s companionship in those hard times. Their close relationship remained strong throughout their lives.


George Norris and his daughter Hazel in front of their home in Beaver City, Nebraska.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3298-6-523

Marian, Hazel, and Gertrude, Norris' daughters
Marian, Hazel, and Gertrude, Norris’ daughters.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3298-6-123
Letter from George to Hazel 1909
Letter from George to Hazel, February 20, 1909

Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3298-LETTER 1909a & b

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