William Norton Shinn

William Norton Shinn (* October 24, 1782 in Burlington County, New Jersey; † August 18, 1871 in Mount Holly, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Shinn attended the common schools and worked in agriculture. Between 1825 and 1828 he served as sheriff police chief in Burlington County. Politically, he joined in the 1820s, the movement to Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In 1828, Shinn was sitting in the New Jersey General Assembly; 1829 to 1831 he was a member of the Legislative Council, the forerunner of the Senate of New Jersey. In 1832 he was chairman of the Democratic Party in New Jersey.

In the congressional elections of 1832, Shinn was for the sixth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Silas Condit on March 4, 1833. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Jackson was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Shinn again worked in agriculture. In 1853 and 1854 he was president of the Burlington Agricultural Association. He also went into the railway business. He was a director of the Camden and Amboy Railroad. He died on August 18, 1871 in Mount Holly, where he was also buried.