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George Norman Corson
George Corson was born March 11, 1833, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He attended Ursinus College in Collegesville, and served in the civil war. He was admitted to the bar in 1856 and practiced law at Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Corson served on the city council and was a member of the 1872-73 constitutional convention. He traveled extensively in Europe and was author of a good many poems. For two years he edited the Norristown Independent.
[Source: Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 252 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898); Thomas William Herringshaw, Local and National Poets of America 976 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1890)]
Corson attended Norristown Treemount Seminary, Upper Providence's Freeland Seminary, and Lower Providence's Lower School. He studied law under Judge James Boyd in Norristown. In the Civil War, he enrolled in Company B of the 4th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry but his time in service was brief. He joined the 4th Regiment on April 20, 1861 and mustered out on July 21, 1861.
Geo. N. Corson, Poem: The Great Tangle-Ation (Norristown, Pennsylvania: Albert Helffenstein, 1894)
[For a version of "The Great Tangle-Ation," see Thomas William Herringshaw, Local and National Poets of America 976 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1890)]