William  Richard  Norris

          William Richard Norris,  was born in Bracken County, Ky., June 12, 1832: son of  Edward and Catherine ( Brightwell) Norris,  and is of English extraction.  His father, born in Bracken County, Ky., February 8, 1805, and died in Shelby County, Ind., in 1877.  The mother of Mr. Norris born also in Bracken County, Ky., in 1804, and died in Shelby County, September 6, 1865.  The paternal grandfather of Mr. Norris,  Joseph Norris,  born in Baltimore County, Md., and died in Bracken County, Ky., at a ripe old age.  He erected the first log cabin and built the first mill in Bracken County.  The maternal grandfather of Mr. Norris was one of the pioneers of Bracken County, Ky., and was the first surveyor of the county.  The Norris family received its introduction to Shelby County in 1832. Our subject is the eldest of six children only two of whom are now living.  Was raised on the farm, educated at the early schools.  Taught school for a number of years, hi the fall of 1857, went to Missouri and remained till May, 1860, and then returned to Shelby Coun While in that State he taught school for some time.  In 1860, he was elected Surveyor of Shelby County, and re-elected in the fall of 1862.  Was appointed in 1868, City Engineer of this city, and served more than one year.  In the fall of 1869, he was elected Real Estate Appraiser of this county.  In 1871, appointed School Examiner of this county, serving two years.  In 1873, elected County Superintendent, making him the last School Examiner and the first County Superintendent of this county.  Since 1873, he has been engaged in the practice of law to some extent, and engaged in various other capacities.  Married November 22, 1S63, to  Mrs. Maria Roberts  of this county.  Have two children,  James E., and  Robert Ross.  Has a step-daughter,  Rose E. Roberts.  In politics, Independent, up to 1882 a strong partisan Democrat.  He is a Mason, and is a well posted and greatly respected citizen of this county.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 520, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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