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Old Weird America: Joshua Norton, the “Emperor of the United States”

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult

Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.

Joshua Norton, the “Emperor of the United States”
Learn how Norton, disillusioned and destitute after a business failure, declared himself Emperor in 1859 and managed to live like a benevolent ruler for over 20 years with the help of his subjects in the city of San Francisco.