There are literally hundreds of thousands of witnesses to these amazing phenomena. Should they be believed as well?
August and Sarah Norden, who were English Jews. John was a farmer and merchant, and Sarah was a daughter of Abraham Norden and a sister of Benjamin Norden, a successful merchant.
The family moved to South Africa in early as part of a government-backed colonization scheme whose participants came to be known as the Settlers. His obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle — "following the best information obtainable" —cited the silver plate on his coffin which said he was "aged about 65,"  suggesting that could be the year of his birth.
This may help to explain why those who had the stone made used as the birth year — which continues to inform on this issue. The February 4,edition of The Daily Alta California newspaper included an item in which the Alta wished Emperor Norton a happy 47th birthday, indicating that his birth date was February 4, notas Cowan claimed — a date that would line up with La Belle Alliances passenger list from two years later.
Supporting and participating in the series are a number of institutions that long have helped to preserve the historical record of Emperor Norton: None of this is substantiated by contemporaneous documentation.
Although Norton prevailed in the lower courts, the case reached the Supreme Court of Californiawhich ruled against Norton. On September 17,he took matters into his own hands and distributed letters to the various newspapers in the city, proclaiming himself "Emperor of these United States": At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa BayCape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S.
In it, he observed: Further decrees in ordered dissolution of the republic and forbade the assembly of any members of the former Congress.
He issued a mandate in ordering both the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches to publicly ordain him as "Emperor", hoping to resolve the many disputes that had resulted in the Civil War. He declared the abolition of the Democratic and Republican parties on August 12,"being desirous of allaying the dissensions of party strife now existing within our realm".
He issued instructions to form a League of Nations he explicitly forbade any form of conflict between religions or their sects, and he decreed the construction of a suspension bridge or tunnel connecting Oakland and San Francisco.
His later decrees, however, became increasingly irritated at the lack of prompt obedience by the authorities: WHEREAS, we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island ; also for a tunnel; and to ascertain which is the best project; and whereas the said citizens have hitherto neglected to notice our said decree; and whereas we are determined our authority shall be fully respected; now, therefore, we do hereby command the arrest by the army of both the Boards of City Fathers if they persist in neglecting our decrees.
Given under our royal hand and seal at San Francisco, this 17th day of September, He also wore a beaver hat decorated with a peacock feather and a rosette. During his inspections, he would examine the condition of the sidewalks and cable cars, the state of repair of public property, and the appearance of police officers.
During the s and s, there were occasional anti-Chinese demonstrations in the poorer districts of San Francisco, and riots took place, sometimes resulting in fatalities.
Police officers of San Francisco thereafter saluted him as he passed in the street. It also notes that he was insane. The city of San Francisco also honored Norton.
When his uniform began to look shabby, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors bought him a suitably regal replacement. Norton sent a gracious thank you note and issued a "patent of nobility in perpetuity" for each supervisor. One popular story suggested that he was the son of Emperor Napoleon III and that his claim of coming from South Africa was a ruse to prevent persecution.
A number of decrees were printed in local newspapers that were probably fraudulent, and it is believed that newspaper editors themselves drafted fictitious edicts to suit their own agendas.
Norton died before a carriage could arrive.
The Call reported, "On the reeking pavement, in the darkness of a moonless night, under the dripping rain… Norton I, by the grace of God, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, departed this life".
Also found were his letters to Queen Victoria and 98 shares of stock in a defunct gold mine.Executive Summary. Boards of directors typically believe that transforming a company from good to great requires an extreme personality, an egocentric chief to lead the corporate charge. On February 12, we celebrate the th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
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