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Charles P. Norton

Charles P. Norton Born: 1858
Death: 1923

A lawyer who graduated from Harvard, Charles P. Norton helped found the Buffalo Law School in 1887 which was assumed into the University of Buffalo in 1891. During his tenure as Chancellor (1905-1920) the College of Arts and Sciences was established and 178 acres were acquired from Erie County and private owners for a campus for the university. Walter P. Cooke served as acting chancellor 1920-1922. Norton endowed the Chancellor’s Medal, UB’s highest honor, to be given to “some citizen who has performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo.”  He also bequeathed nearly his entire estate to UB on the condition that within three years, all principle and interest would be applied to the construction of a building for student activities. 

Affiliation(s): President/Chancellor
Record Group(s): 4
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