Norton, William J. (William John), 1883-1975Alternative names
From the description of Reminiscences of William John Norton : oral history, 1954. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309741122
William J. Norton, social worker, was born in Maine, April 8, 1883. After graduating from Bowdoin College, he entered social settlement work in Brooklyn, New York and later Cleveland, Ohio. In the period 1913-1917, he organized the Cincinnati Council of Social Agencies; and Community Union and Detroit Community Fund. In 1929, he became executive vice president of the Children's Fund of Michigan, a post he held until the dissolution of the fund in 1954. During the Depression he also served as chairman of the Detroit Emergency Relief Commission (1931), as chairman of the Michigan Emergency Welfare Relief Commission (1933-1938). Norton was also president of Oakland Housing Inc., a low income housing project originally funded by James Couzens and the Rural Rehabilitation Division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. After the 1943 Detroit race riot, Norton was appointed chairman of the Mayor's Interracial Commission. Other governmental and private social welfare posts he held included president of the National Conference of Social Work (1928); trustee of the McGregor fund; chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the American Red Cross (1944-1945); chairman of the Michigan State Hospital Commission (1938-1945) and chairman of the Michigan Department of Mental Health (1945-1947). Norton died in 1975.
From the guide to the William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987, 1916-1972, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)
Detroit, Michigan, social worker, executive vice president of the Children's Fund of Michigan, and chairman of various relief commissions during the depression.
From the description of William J. Norton papers, 1906-1987. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 78312339
From the description of William J. Norton papers, 1906-1975. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423174
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