Catherine Dorris Norrell

Catherine Dorris Norrell ( born March 30, 1901 in Camden, Arkansas; † August 26, 1981 in Warren, Arkansas) was an American politician. Between 1961 and 1963, she represented the sixth electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Norrell attended high school in Monticello, the Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She then worked in the public schools of Arkansas as a teacher. She later headed the music department at Arkansas A & M College.

After the death of her husband William Frank Norrell, who had represented since 1939 the sixth district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, Catherine Norrell was elected as a candidate of the Democratic Party as his successor in Congress. This mandate they exercised between April 18, 1961, to January 3, 1963. In 1962, the sixth electoral district was abolished and Catherine Norrell opted not to run again in another district.

Between 1963 and 1965 she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the state government of Arkansas; 1965 to 1969 she headed in Honolulu, Hawaii, a branch of the U.S. Department of State (United States Department of State Reception Center ). She then returned to Arkansas, where they settled in Monticello. Catherine Norrell died in August 1981 in Warren and was buried in Monticello.

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