Norton County Courthouse
105 S Kansas Ave, Norton, KS 67654
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 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.