It is not too well known that in the mid to the late 1800s, the United States of America had an Emperor.
It’s true! His name was Joshua Abraham Norton and, in 1859, he proclaimed himself the Emperor of the United States. One of his first acts as an Emperor was to abolish congress! He is fondly remembered in San Francisco. So much so, that he even has a beer named after him!
Show notes and links:
- Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico (emperornorton.net)
- Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States (priceonomics.com)
- the rise of a San Francisco cultural icon 1859-1880 (wwu.edu)
- Emperor Norton – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)
- Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine (emperornortontour.com)
- The Strange Case of Emperor Norton I of the United States (history.com)
- William Drury: 9780396085096: Amazon.com: Books (amazon.com)
- Encyclopedia of San Francisco (sfhistoryencyclopedia.com)