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Billups Norton Swope

Obituary of George C. Norton, Louisville, Kentucky.

The death of George Charles Norton, of Louisville, Ky., came within a few days after an apoplectic attack as he was on his way to his office. Though he had passed the fullness of years that is counted the span of life, he was still the alert, interested, active man of affaris. He was born at Lawrenceville, Ga., in 1836; but when he was quite young the family removed to Rome, Ga., where he was educated. When the War between the States came on, he was commissioned as captain in the 8th Georgia Infantry and served to the end as a brave and efficient soldier, taking part in such battles as First and Second Manasas, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Cumberland Gap, Winchester, Seven Pines, and the Seven Days' fighting about Richmond, Va.

Upon his marriage, in 1865, to Miss Mary Billups, of Rome, Ga, Captain Norton went to Louisville, Ky., and became a traveling salesman for J. M. Robinson & Co. Some ten years later he was taken in the firm as a partner, and in 1901 he was made its President. Under his earnest, skillful direction the business grew until it became one of the largest of its kind in the South. The fiftieth anniversary of his connection with the firm was celebrated in September last, and the employees of the firm presented Captain Norton with a magnificent piece of silver appropriately inscribed as a tribute of their love and respect.

In 1880 Captain Norton was married to Miss Jessie Swope, of Louisville, who survives him, with their son and four daughters and the son of his first marriage. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and took and active interest in religious work. He was also a prominent member of the Falls City Lodge of Masons and of George B. Eastin Camp of Confederate Veterans and a commissioner of the Confederate Home at Pewee Valley.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1916

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