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Norton, Richard

Norton, Richard Courtesy of the Harvard University Archives.
  • When: WWI
  • Where: France
  • Category of People: other
  • Last Name: Norton
  • Given Name(s): Richard
  • Born: February 9, 1872
  • Died: August 2, 1918

Richard Norton was born February 9, 1872 in Dresden Germany. He was the sixth child of Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908) and Susan Sedgwick Norton (1838-1872).

He graduated from Harvard in 1892 and studied in Athens, Greece and briefly in Germany, at the University of Munich. From 1899 to 1907 he was director of the American School of Classical Studies (established by the Archeological Institute of America and later merged into the American Academy) in Rome.

A noted archeologist, he was Director of the Archaeological Institute of America and Boston Museum of Fine Arts expedition to excavate the ruins of Cyrene (Libya) in 1910-11.

Richard Norton was the organizer and head of the American Volunteer Motor-Ambulance Corps which served in France from 1914 until it was taken over by the U.S. Army in September 1917. He refused a commission as Major and retired after three years' continuous service.

Norton was awarded the Croix de Guerre (1915) and the L├ęgion d'Honneur (1917) by the French.

He died of meningitis on August 2, 1918 in Paris.

A more detailed biography can be found in "Richard Norton, Class of 1892", Harvard in the Great War, M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed), Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA,1922.