Biography of Harold H. Norton
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Harold Harper Norton, secretary and treasurer of The Coffin Norton Company, is a native son of Toledo and a member of one of its old and prominent families. He has spent his life in this city and his business career, from the time he left high school, has been with banking, financial and investment interests. Mr. Norton was born November 19, 1885, and his parents were Elijah H. and Mary A. (Evans) Norton, the former a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and the latter of Troy, New York. The father came to Toledo about 1870 and he later became a member of the Keeler Holcomb Company, bankers, whose interests were subsequently taken over by the Commerce Guardian Trust & Savings Bank. Mr. Norton was one of the influential business men and highly respected residents of Toledo and his demise occurred in this city in 1886. The mother is still, living. She came to Ohio in 1870 and has since made her home in this state To Mr. and Mrs. Norton were born three children: R. E., whose home is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Julia P. and H. H., both residents of Toledo.

Harold H. Norton acquired his education in his native city, being graduated from the Toledo high school in 1904, and his initial experience in financial affairs was obtained as a clerk with the Ohio Savings Bank & Trust Company, with which he remained for a year. He next secured, a position in the Second National Bank, where he was employed for a similar length of time, and then became connected with the Northern Bank, with which he continued from 1906 until February, 1911, acting in the capacity of paying teller. On leaving that institution he joined the brokerage firm of Secor & Bell, with which he was identified until June 1, 1914, when he was made secretary of the Citizens Securities Company. In 1921 the business was reorganized, at which time the present style of The Collin Norton Company was assumed, and Mr. Norton. has since been secretary and treasurer. This company has enjoyed a remarkable growth and ranks with the leading stock brokerage and investment houses of Toledo. Their thorough reliability and business methods have won for them a. large and representative clientele. Broad experience has, given Mr. Norton a comprehensive knowledge of financial affairs and the successful management of his business interests has given him a high position among Toledo's able financial men. He 'is also one of the directors of the First National Bank.

Mr. Norton is independent in his political views and is a valued member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also connected with the Rotary Club, the Toledo Country Club and the Toledo Club, and of the latter organization he is serving as treasurer and member of the board of trustees, while he also acts as chairman of the finance committee. Thoroughness and reliability have characterized all of his work and in business circles he has become recognized as a man of broad mind and good judgment. He is deeply interested in the welfare and progress of the city, and at all times has, shown a public spirit and a civic pride that attests his value as a citizen.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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