Foreign the Wisconsin politician, see Nelson R. Norton. Born near Salamanca, in Great Valley, New York, Norton received a limited education and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Supervisor of Cattaraugus County in 1860 and 1865–1867, Norton was a Justice of the Peace from 1852 to 1870.
Norton was elected as a Republican to the 44th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Augustus F. Allen, holding office from December 6, 1875 to March 3, 1877.
Afterwards he resumed agricultural pursuits. Norton died on October 28, 1887 (age 67 years, 7 months, and 28 days).
He is interred at the Hinsdale Cemetery, Hinsdale, New New York