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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 758 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NORRISTOWN, a borough and the county-seat of Mont- John North and of Dorothy, daughter and heiress of Sir Valentine gomery county, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on the Schuylkill river, Dale, was born in 1581 and succeeded his grandfather, the 2nd at the mouth of Stony Creek, opposite Bridgeport, and about Baron North, at the age of nineteen. He was educated at r8 m. N.W. of Philadelphia. Pop. (1910 census) 27,875. Cambridge, and married in 1599 Frances, daughter of Sir John Norristown is served by the Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia & Brockett of Brockett Hall in Hertfordshire. He travelled in Reading and the Stony Creek railways, by interurban electric Italy, took part in the campaign of 1602 in the Netherlands, railway to Philadelphia and Reading, and by the Schuylkill and on his return became a conspicuous figure at court, excelling canal, and is connected by bridge with the borough of Bridge- in athletic exercises as well as in poetry and music, and gaining port (pap. in 1910, 386o), where woollen and cotton goods the friendship of Prince Henry. In 16o6, while returning from are manufactured. Norristown is a residential suburb of Eridge to London, he discovered the springs of Tunbridge Wells, Philadelphia, and commands fine views of the Schuylkill Valley. which cured North himself of a complaint and quickly became It has a State Hospital for the Insane (opened 188o), a fine famous. He also recommended the Epsom springs to the public. County Court House, a general hospital, a Friends' Home, a He supported and subscribed to the expedition to Guiana made home for aged women, St Joseph's Protectory (Roman Catholic) by his brother Roger North (c. 1582-c. 1652) in 1619, and when for girls, and the Norristown and McCann public libraries; in Roger departed without leave Dudley was imprisoned for two Montgomery cemetery are the tombs of General Winfield Scott days in the Fleet. In 1626 he attached himself to the party of Hancock and General John Frederick Hartranft (183o-1889), Lord Saye and Sele in the Lords, who were in sympathy with the a distinguished Federal officer in the Civil War and governor aims of the Commons; and when the civil war broke out he was of Pennsylvania in 1873-1899. Valley Forge is less than 6 m. on the side of the parliament. In 1641 he was a member of the distant to the W. The borough has a large trade with the Lords' committee on Religion, and served on the committee to surrounding country, which is well adapted to agriculture and consider Laud's attainder in 1644, finally voting for the ordinance abounds in limestone. Among Norristown's manufactures are in January 1645. He was placed on the admiralty commission hosiery and woollen goods; in 1905 its total factory product was in 1645, and acted as lord lieutenant for Cambridgeshire. He valued at $5,925,243, an increase of 44.3% over the value in was one of the small group of Lords who continued attendance 1900. Norristown was founded in 1785, and was named in in the House of Peers, and on the 9th of December 1648, with honour of Isaac Norris (c. 1671-1735), a friend of William Penn three others, visited Fairfax, when they " cast down their honours and a member of the Pennsylvania legislature, who had owned at his Excellency's feet " and protested their desire not to retain the land on which the borough is built. Norristown was incor- any privileges prejudicial to the public interest.' He passed porated as a borough in 1812, and its boundaries were extended the rest of his life in retirement at Kirtling in Cambridgeshire, in 1853. with his sons, daughters and grandchildren, finding " employ-
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