Anthony Banning Norton

Anthony Banning Norton

Full Name: Anthony Banning Norton
Date of birth: May 15, 1821
Date of death: December 31, 1893

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 19 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2)     Malakoff / Henderson   Henderson, Kaufman
H 19 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (3) (4)     Athens / Henderson   Henderson, Kaufman
H 67 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 2, 1857 6th     Malakoff / Starr   Starr

(1) "In April 1860 two seemingly unrelated meetings of Unionists occurred . . . The newly created Constitutional Union party met in the Tyler courthouse to nominate delegates to that party's national convention. A.M. Gentry, . . . Anthony Bannon Norton, Benjamin Holland Epperson, and Lemuel D. Evans, completed a quartet made up of two Whigs, a Know-Nothing, and a Union Democrat. "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 444. Journal of Southern History.
(2) [In late 1860 and early 1861] legislators Micajah Lewis Armstrong, John L. Haynes, and Robert H. Taylor mailed circulars to their constituencies defending their unpopular Unionist positions. They joined other Unionist legislators and convention delegates on February 6 in issuing an address entreating Texans to reject secession." "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 447. Journal of Southern History.
(3) Norton "was elected a representative in the Texas legislature from Henderson and Kaufman counties in 1857 and 1859 as a Know-Nothing." Handbook of Texas Online.
(4) Norton is not included on list of "Texas Know Nothing Leaders with a Summary of Biographical Data Taken from the . . . United States Eighth Census, 1860." The Know Nothing Party was active at the state level in Texas in 1855 and 1856. "By 1857 the party had virtually disappeared in Texas." "An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings," Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 414-423. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Portrait and obituary, "Judge A.B. Norton," 1/2/1894, p. 7. Galveston Daily News.
  • ". . . one of four delegates representing Texas at the National Constitutional Union Conventions commencing May 9 at Baltimore." Baggett, James Alex, "Origins of Early Texas Republican Party Leadership," The Journal of Southern History, Vol.40(3), August 1974, p. 444. Journal of Southern History.
  • Mentioned in "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 240-241, 247-248. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Portrait. Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860.
  • Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1866. Journal of the Texas State Convention: Assembled at Austin, Feb. 7, 1866. Adjourned April 2, 1866, pp. 3-5. Texas Constitutions Digitization Project (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2009.
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. Henderson County, TXGenWeb Project.


Committee Information top

8th R.S. - 1859
Claims and Accounts  
Joint Indian Affairs  
Public Lands  
Retrenchment and Reform  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
7th R.S. - 1857
County Boundaries  
Public Buildings  
6th R.S. - 1855
Indian Affairs  
Protection of Western Frontier, Select  
Public Buildings  
Public Lands  
State Affairs  
Surveying Public Lands, Select  

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