GEORGE W. NORRIS, 1861-1944
George Norris was one of America's greatest statesmen. He moved to Nebraska after graduating from college and was a county attorney and district judge before being elected to United States House of Representatives. In 1912, after serving ten years as a congressman, he was elected to the United States Senate. Norris is best known for his sponsorship of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Rural Electrification Act (REA), which eventually brought electricity to rural areas across the United States. He is also considered the father of the Unicameral, Nebraska's unique, one-house legislature.
You can visit the home of George Norris in McCook, Nebraska, at 706 Norris Avenue. His home is a historic site operated by the Nebraska State Historical Society.