Norton County, Kansas
Official site for Norton County, Kansas


Norton County


Norton County is one of the northern most counties in the state, and contains the cities of Almena, Clayton, Lenora, Norton, and Edmond. The county was founded by Noah H. Billings, Thomas Beaumont, Henry Gordon, P. Hansen, and George Cole on August 22, 1872. The organization of the county, however, was premature and fraudulent, orchestrated by H. B. Billings who falsified population statistics and then fled the county. This prompted a county seat war that was not ended until 1878 when Norton became the county seat. The county gets its name for Civil War soldier Orloff Norton, who was killed at Cane Hill, Arkansas, in 1864.

The first congregation was Norton Presbyterian Church founded August 16, 1874. The church building was erected in 1879. The first county fair, although not official, was held in Leota in October, 1878. After 1900 the fair was held yearly in Elmwood Park in Norton. The first school district was formed in Norton in 1872. School was held in a dugout beginning December 1, 1873. On February 20, 1933, people in Norton and Decatur counties felt a moderate earthquake. Buildings and houses swayed and dishes and windows rattled. The earthquake was felt across a 6,000 square mile area in Kansas and Nebraska.

The county has produced three remarkable Kansans. Noah H. Billings was an early county settler, county superintendent of schools, county attorney, and state representative. Ida Walker was the only woman elected state representative from the county, serving from 1920 to 1922. Keith Sebelius served as a U.S. congressman from 1969 to 1981.

  • See Kansas Counties database for statistics in the county.
  • Search the National Register database for historic sites in the county.
  • Search Kansas Memory for historic items from the county.
  • Read more about the High Plains region where this county is located.
  •  The Norton Public Library has bound newspapers of the county, census on microfilm, and published histories of the county. Also available are genealogical records, and the federal census for 1880 and 1900.



County Stats

          County Population: 5,622


Cities (population)

United States Census Bureau 2013



County Health Profile

County Health Profile





Angeline Harris

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients large and small for nearly 20 years. She made headlines in 2010 when she secured the “Kingston Woman” rights to songwriter Helen Jones and continues to provide the same dedication to all her clients. Practicing since the first internet boom, Angeline has hands-on experience with how technology affects the creative industry. Staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes is Angeline’s sixth sense.



Juris Doctor, 1997

B.A., Film & Music, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California




Spencer Ingram

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.



Juris Doctor, 1999

B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California




Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.



Juris Doctor, 2002

B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California

Norton County Courthouse Through the Years