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Catherine Dorris Norrell

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Preceded by  William F. Norrell
Name  Catherine Norrell
Political party  Democratic
Role  U.S. representative

Spouse(s)  William F. Norrell
Party  Democratic Party
Children  Judy Norrell ___
Resigned  January 3, 1963
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Succeeded by  Position eliminated by reapportionment
Full Name  Catherine Dorris
Born  March 30, 1901 Camden, Ouachita County Arkansas, USA (1901-03-30)
Resting place  Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas
Died  August 26, 1981, Warren, Arkansas, United States
Education  University of Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University

Catherine Dorris Norrell (March 30, 1901 – August 26, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas, the wife of her predecessor in the House, William F. Norrell.

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Life and career

Born in Camden in Ouachita County in southern Arkansas, to a Baptist minister, Franklin Dorris, and the former Rose Whitehead, Norrell attended high school in Monticello, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She taught in the Arkansas public schools and served as director of the music department at Arkansas A & M College (now Arkansas State University) in Jonesboro.

Norrell was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh Congress April 18, 1961, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, W. F. Norrell. In the special election she defeated the Democratic lawyer and banker John Harris Jones (born 1922) of Pine Bluff, who said that if elected she would benefit from the congressional salary as well as a pension from her husband's House service. Jones later switched to Republican affiliation and unsuccessfully opposed senatorial nominee Dale L. Bumpers in 1974. Norrell served until January 3, 1963. She was not a candidate for renomination in 1962, for the 6th District was abolished.

After her term in Congress, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State from 1963 to 1965. She was later director of the United States Department of State Reception Center in Honolulu from June 1, 1965, to January 5, 1969. Norrell noted that her husband had voted against Hawaii statehood but she had favored admission of the fiftieth state.

She resided in Monticello, Arkansas, until her death in Warren in Bradley County. She was interred alongside her husband at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.


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