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Joshua A. Norton
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    (February 14, 1819-January 8, 1880)
    Was a merchant in South Africa and South America
    Settled in San Francisco (1849)
    Declared himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico (September 17, 1859)
    He went bankrupt in an attempt to corner the rice market (1858).
    He had delusions of grandeur.
    His preferred outfit was a uniform with tarnished epaulettes topped by a beaver hat with peacock feathers.
    When he wanted to improve his lodgings, he ordered the owners of the Grand Hotel to provide him a room under threat of banishment.
    He died penniless.
    The people of San Francisco humored him.
    During an anti-Chinese riot, he positioned himself between the rioters and their targets; the rioters dispersed without further incident.
    He issued a decree that calling San Francisco 'Frisco' would be a misdemeanor punishable by a $25 fine.
    When a police officer arrested Norton and tried to have him committed, the chief of police apologized, noting that, as emperor, Norton 'had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of most fellows in that line.'
    When he died, 30,000 people lined the streets to watch his funeral procession.

Credit: C. Fishel


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