Did God Pick Winners and Losers?

Exploring Religion and
The Road to the Civil War

Back by popular demand, Judge Alan E. Norris will present Protestantism and the Road to the Civil War at the Big Walnut Area Historical Society meeting at 7:30, Tuesday, July 9th, in the Myers Inn Meeting Room at 45 South Columbus Street in Sunbury.

Norris will explore the roles of the churches leading to the Civil War and their roles as the war progressed.  Examine President Lincoln's evolving view of religion as the war dragged on through the years.

Born in Columbus, Judge Norris is a life-long resident of central Ohio.  He graduated first in his class at Otterbein, holds a certificate from the University of Paris, has a law degree from New York University School of Law and has a Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia.

For eighteen years Norris engaged in the general practice of law, taught Business Law at Otterbein College and published numerous articles on public affairs and legal topics.

Norris served 14 years as a State Representative.  For six of those years he served as House Minority Whip.  During those seven terms he sponsored such major legislation as Ohio’s new Criminal Code, the Divorce Reform Act, the Alcohol Control and Treatment Act, and the Small Claims Court Act.  In 1972 Norris was names Legislator of the year.

In 1980, Norris was elected judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals.  President Ronald Regan appointed Judge Norris to the federal bench on July 1, 1986. He serves the Sixth Circuit (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) for United States Circuit Court. 

Currently, Judge Norris and his wife Carol reside in the Big Walnut School District and are members of BWAHS.

All BWAHS meetings are open free to the public on the second Tuesday of each month.  Costumed docents give tours of the Myers Inn Museum and Gift Shop which is open 12-3 Thursdays through Sundays and 10-3 on Saturdays.  History of the area covered by the Big Walnut Local Schools is featured in the museum exhibits. The Myers Inn Museum faces the southwest corner of the Sunbury Village Square.

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