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William Norton

In office
18 February 1948 – 13 June 1951
Preceded by Seán Lemass
Succeeded by Seán Lemass

In office
2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957
Preceded by Seán Lemass
Succeeded by Seán Lemass

Born 1900
Dublin, Ireland
Died 4 December 1963 (aged 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Labour Party

William Norton (1900 – 4 December 1963) was an Irish Labour Party politician, and leader of the party from 1932 to 1960.[1]

Norton was born in Dublin in 1900. He joined the postal service in 1916. By 1920 he was a prominent member in the trade union movement in Ireland. From 1924 to 1948 he served as secretary of the Post Office Workers' Union. He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin County at a by-election in 1926, but was defeated at the June 1927 general election. He represented Kildare from 1932 until his death.[2]

In 1932 he became leader of the Labour Party. In the First Inter-Party Government (1948–1951), Norton became Tánaiste and Minister for Social Welfare. In the Second Inter-Party Government (1954–1957), Norton served as Tánaiste and Minister for Industry and Commerce.

William Norton died in Dublin in 1963. His son Patrick Norton served as a TD for Kildare from 1965 to 1969.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Ryan
Minister for Social Welfare
1948 – 1951
Succeeded by
James Ryan
Preceded by
Seán Lemass
Tánaiste
1948 – 1951
Succeeded by
Seán Lemass
Minister for Industry and Commerce
1954 – 1957
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. O'Connell
Leader of the Labour Party
1932 – 1960
Succeeded by
Brendan Corish

This page incorporates information from the Oireachtas Members Database

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