Mary Teresa Norton

Mary Teresa Norton ( born March 7, 1875 in Jersey City, New Jersey; † August 2, 1959 in Greenwich, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1925 and 1951, she represented the first woman to New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Mary Teresa Hopkins, so her maiden name, the public schools of their home visited, including the Jersey City High School. After that, she was in New York City until 1896 at Packard Business College. From 1916 to 1927 she served as President of the Queen's Daughters ' Day Nursery Association of Jersey City, an association of employees in the municipal kindergartens. At the same time she began a career in politics as a member of the Democrats. In 1920, she represented the Hudson County in the State Board of their party. From 1921 to 1931 she was deputy party leader in New Jersey. Then they led 1932-1935 and again from 1940 to 1944 as chairman. 1922 Norton was elected to the county council of Hudson County. Between 1924 and 1948 she took part in all Democratic National Conventions. In 1945 she was a delegate to the international working conference in Paris.

In the congressional elections of 1924, Mary Norton was the first woman from New Jersey in the eleventh electoral district of the state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where they became the successor of Charles FX O'Brien on March 4, 1925. After twelve elections she was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1951 a total of 13 legislative periods. Since 1933, she represented the then newly created 13th district where their state. From 1931 to 1939 she was chairman of the Committee for the administration of the Federal District District of Columbia. From 1937 to 1947 she headed the Committee on Labor; 1941 to 1943 she was chairman of the Committee on Memorials. During her last term 1949-1951 Norton chaired the Committee on House Administration before. During her time in Congress, the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government there were passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. Since 1941 the work of the Congress of the events of the Second World War and its aftermath was marked. In 1933, the 20th and the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ratified.

1950 renounced Mary Norton on another candidacy. In the years 1951 and 1952 she was a consultant of the Ministry of Labour for women's issues. Mary Norton died on 2 August 1959 in Greenwich and was buried in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City.