It is currently Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:14 pm

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: September 17, 1859 Emperor Norton I of the United States....
PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:31 am 
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:42 am
Posts: 2046
Location: Surprise, AZ USA
September 17, 1859 Emperor Norton I of the United States is self-declared.


Joshua Abraham Norton (ca. 1815 – January 8, 1880), also known as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco who proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico" in 1859. Some sources list his date of birth as February 14, 1819. Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments he frequented. Norton also wrote to Queen Victoria, and he was referred to as His Imperial Majesty by local citizens and in the newspaper obituaries announcing his death.

Though he was generally considered insane, or at least highly eccentric, the citizens of San Francisco (and the world at large) in the mid-to-late 19th century celebrated his presence, his humor, and his deeds—among the most notorious being his "order" that the U.S. Congress be dissolved by force, and his numerous decrees calling for a bridge to be built across San Francisco Bay. The King in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is reportedly modeled after him.

He is considered a saint by the followers of Discordianism and is referenced repeatedly in the seminal work of the religion, the Principia Discordia.

Nearly 150 years ago San Francisco was proving its uniqueness. Today such a person would probably be imprisoned, committed, or simply ignored. For a person of this temperament that would be the equivalent of a death sentence. Let’s hope that if such a person exists today in San Francisco, the citizens there would tolerate him/her the same as their fore bearers did Norton I.

I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat.”-Will Rogers

A Proud Liberal...This Day in History...Namnesia Antidote

Last edited by A Proud Liberal on Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:41 am, edited 1 time in total.

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:39 pm 
Site Admin
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Sat May 29, 2004 11:46 pm
Posts: 14444
Location: NC
Sounds a little like what George W. Bush would like to do...without the bridge-building, of course!



"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac

"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."

~Harry S. Truman

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Blue Moon by Trent © 2007
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group