The Department issued this 4-cent stamp through the Washington, DC, post office on July 11, 1961, to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Senator George William Norris (1861-1944).
Designed by Charles R. Chickering, the stamp features a likeness of Senator Norris based upon a photograph by Ferdinand Vogel Studios of New York City. In the background is a view of Norris Dam north of Knoxville, Tennessee, named in honor of the senator for his part in the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933. An adaptation of a tribute by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt appears in the lower left portion of the stamp.
The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 100 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (June 22, 1961).