Norton Strange Townshend

Norton Strange Townshend ( born December 25, 1815 in Clay Coton, Daventry District, England; † July 13, 1895 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1851 to 1853 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 21th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Norton Strange Townshend was born in Clay Coton in England. In 1830 he migrated with his in the United States. They settled in Avon, Ohio. With his father's library, he taught himself but for a short time he attended a public school. At Columbia University he graduated in 1840 from medical school. Prior to 1841 opened his medical practice in Avon, he was a guest student at hospitals in London, Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin. He moved to Elyria to. In the House of Representatives from Ohio he sat from 1848 to 1849.

As the successor of Joseph M. Root, he was in 1850 elected to represent the 21st District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he sat until 1853. From 1854 to 1855 he sat in the Senate of Ohio. During the Civil War Townshend was most recently with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Medical Inspector. At Ohio State University, he was Professor of Agricultural Sciences in 1873 after he had occupied himself after his retirement from politics to agriculture. In 1892 he became Professor Emeritus.

Norton Strange Townshend died 1895 in Columbus, and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery.