Name: Colman, Norman
Category: Politics and Government
Born/Started: May. 16, 1827
Died/Ended: Nov. 03, 1911
Description: Norman Colman was born in Richfield Springs, NY and practiced law in Albany, IN for 12 years before coming to St. Louis. In St. Louis he established an agricultural journal called Colman’s Rural World.
Colman was very involved in politics, serving on the board of alderman and in the Missouri state legislature before he was elected lieutenant governor. President Grover Cleveland appointed him commissioner of agriculture in 1885 and in 1889 it officially became a cabinet post. Thus, Colman was the first secretary of agriculture.
Colman also held positions on the board of curators of University of Missouri, the state board of agriculture and the board of the St. Louis World’s Fair. He also was the first president of the Missouri State Fair and founded the Missouri State Horticultural Society.
His was married from 1851 to 1863 to Clara Porter and, three years after her death, he married Catherine Wright. He had three children. [Final Resting Place, p. 64]
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