Norton, Richard, 1872-1918

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Birth 1872
Death 1918

Biographical notes:

Richard Norton was an archaeologist and amateur baroque-art scholar. He was the son of Charles Eliot Norton (Harvard art historian). He graduated from Harvard College in 1892. At the outbreak of WWI (fall of 1914) he organized the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps, known also as "Norton's Corps." It later merged with the H.H. Harjes ambulance unit of the French army and in 1917 was absorbed by the U.S. Army with the American entrance into the war. Norton contracted meningitis in 1918 and died almost immediately.

From the description of Richard Norton memorial collection, ca. 1914-1923. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612803136

Richard Norton (b. February 9, 1872, Dresden, Germany-d. August 2, 1918, Paris, France), archaeologist and art scholar, was the organizer and head of the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps, also known as the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps, which served on the front in France in World War I from 1914 until it was taken over by the American Army in 1917. He was the son of Professor Charles Eliot Norton of Harvard and Susan Sedgewick Norton. He graduated from Harvard in 1892, and was director of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome from 1899 to 1907. He was director of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts expedition to excavate the ruins of Cyrene in 1910 and 1911.

From the description of Norton, Richard, 1872-1918 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 17401883


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  • World War, 1914-1918--War work
  • Volunteer workers in ambulance service
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  • Excavations (Archaeology)


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