Carol Norton, C.S.D.

Portrait by A.M. Hazard. Original Longyear Collection.


CAROL NORTON, a relative of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born and raised in Eastport, Maine, where he received most of his education. After further study in New York, Carol entered the business world at an early age, achieving marked success. He failed in his quest for satisfying religious teaching, however. III health placed him under the care of several physicians whose help was without avail, and “as a last resort” he turned to Christian Science. Mr. Norton’s health was fully restored in one treatment, but he chiefly rejoiced because he had finally found the Truth. He devoted himself wholly to the furtherance of this religion, and by 1891 was an active worker in the New York City Christian Science Institute.

In 1894, he received seven lessons in Christian Science from Mary Baker Eddy and two years later his name appeared as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal. Mrs. Eddy invited him to attend her last class taught in 1898 and awarded him the degree of C.S.D. Carol Norton was a gifted speaker, and that same year was appointed by Mrs. Eddy to become one of the first five lecturers on the newly formed Christian Science Board of Lectureship. A devout student, Carol Norton had endeared himself to Mrs. Eddy through his loving nature, strong moral character, writing and speaking ability, and appreciation of womanhood, thus she clearly considered him to be an exceptional young man. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to the Cause of Christian Science was as a writer. Twenty-five of his articles and poems were printed in the Christian Science Journal between 1892 and 1904.

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