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William F. Norrell
|Member of the |
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 6th district
January 3, 1939 – February 15, 1961
|Preceded by||John L. McClellan|
|Succeeded by||Catherine Dorris Norrell|
|Arkansas State Senator|
|President of the Arkansas State Senate|
|Preceded by||Ned Stewart|
|Succeeded by||Fred S. Armstrong|
William Frank Norrell
August 29, 1896
Milo, Ashley County
|Died||February 15, 1961 (aged 64)|
|Resting place||Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas|
|Spouse(s)||Catherine Dorris Norrell|
|Residence||Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas|
|Alma mater||University of Arkansas at Monticello|
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
William Frank Norrell (August 29, 1896 – February 15, 1961) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas' former 6th congressional district. Upon his death, he was succeeded in Congress by his widow, Catherine Dorris Norrell.
Born in Milo in Ashley County in south Arkansas, Norrell attended the public schools, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, then known as Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College, the University of the Ozarks, then College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School. During World War I, Norrell served in the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army. In 1920, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Monticello in Drew County, Arkansas. From 1930 to 1938, Norrell served as member of the Arkansas State Senate. He was the Senate President from 1934 to 1938 under Lieutenant Governors William Lee Cazort and Robert L. Bailey.
Norrell was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Washington, D.C. He was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
He is interred beside his wife at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas.
- United States Congress. "William F. Norrell (id: N000137)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
John L. McClellan
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 6th congressional district
Catherine Dorris Norrell
| President of the Arkansas State Senate
William Frank Norrell
Fred S. Armstrong