Daniel M. Norton, one of three brothers elected to the General Assembly, was a
physician who served in the Senate of Virginia (1871–1873, 1877–1887). Born enslaved, he escaped to New York in the mid-1850s. He learned the medical profession and by 1865 moved to
Yorktown, where he quickly
became a leader among the area's freedpeople. The region's voters elected
him to the state Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868 and he later served for twelve years
in the Senate of . . .
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