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Emperor Norton - The First and Only Emperor of The United States

Things I Learned Last Night

We all remember the days sitting through history class learning about all the presidents in the short history of the United States. We learned all about each of these presidents and the things they did while in office. However, there's a good chance you were not taught about the first and only Emperor of the United States. In 1859, Joshua Abraham Norton laid claim to the position of Emperor of the United States of America. Now before you assume this was just the meaningless musings of the town drunk, you should know that he was actually sort of recognized as Emperor. He had enacted a few laws adhered to by the public, the police saluted him on sight, and he had strong diplomatic relationships with government officials in more than one international province. This is the unbelievable tale of Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States.


19 Oct 2021

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Relative Disasters, Episode 30 - The Reign of Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States, 1859-1880

Relative Disasters

In this episode, we take a look at one man's personal disaster that led to a wonderful figure from American history - Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. We'll discuss dogs, congress, a certain bridge, anti-Chinese racism of the mid-1800s, and we'll take a deep dive in to the truth of Norton's life as well as his posthumous mythology! Sources: The Emperor Norton Trust http://emperornortontrust.org Emperor Norton: Historical Essay by Chris Carlsson with Michael Whitson https://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Emperor_Norton Funeral Fit For a Queen - Bay Area Reporter, 9/12/2013


5 Sep 2021

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Strange Country Ep. 194: Emperor Norton I

Strange Country

Sometimes you just need to make an announcement in the newspaper declaring yourself Emperor of the U.S. especially if other people don't realize it. That's what Joshua Norton did in 1859. His next step was to abolish Congress. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly talk about San Francisco's greatest tourist attraction and decree that you will love this episode with your very being. Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands Cite your sources: Drury, William. Norton I, Emperor of the United States. Dodd, Mead, 1986. “It's Good to Be King.” Wired, Conde Nast, 1 Mar. 2000, www.wired.com/2000/03/kingdoms/. “Joshua A. Norton.” The Museum of the City of San Francisco, www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/norton.html. Lumea, John. “Emperor Norton, Schizophrenic. Or Not.” The Emperor Norton Trust, The Emperor Norton Trust, 3 Apr. 2020, emperornortontrust.org/blog/2017/5/22/emperor-norton-schizophrenic-or-not. Pitney, Nico. “Donald Trump Supporters Are Now Calling Him 'God Emperor'.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 14 Jan. 2017, www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-god-emperor-creepy-reddit_n_579a6970e4b08a8e8b5d38b5.


10 Jun 2021

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Talking about Emperor Norton

History Teachers Talking

Here is the story of the one and only United States’ Emperor (self-proclaimed). Joshua Abraham Norton I, "The Emperor of the United States and the Protector of Mexico,” who reigned over this here land for 21 years, between 1859 and 1880. Yep... that happened.


6 Jun 2021

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3 in History Episode 14: Emperor Norton

Nerdy Bones

Today we bring you the story of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico! If you haven't heard about our emperor you're in for a treat. We hope you enjoy!


27 Feb 2021

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America's Emperor Norton

Constant Wonder

San Francisco's self-proclaimed emperor of the United States called for the Bay Bridge, along with integrated transit and education, in the late 1800s. The Principality of Sealand is arguably the world’s most stubborn micronation.


24 Feb 2021

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S4 E5: The Nice Little Reign of Emperor Norton

Stewart Huff's Obsessive Curiosities

In this episode Stewart introduces us all to Emperor Norton of San Francisco and Protector of Mexico. Lots of really cool info here...listen to Tom Simmons get excited about this guy! Of course, Peter-john Byrnes is already familiar with the Emperor!

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13 Jan 2021

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Misfits, Part 1: Emperor Norton

Hometown History

Introducing Part 1 of our Misfits mini-series.  Joshua Norton proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859 from his home in San Francisco, California. If you've never heard of the only US Emperor, let us explain why in this episode. *Note: The anti-“Frisco” proclamation to Emperor Norton is unproven and disputedLearn about The Emperor Norton TrustEpisode Sponsors:Swanson.com - 20% off sitewide with promo code "HOME20" Support us at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryVisit us online at itshometownhistory.comCheck out Shane's other podcast - Foul Play We made this top 40 list of history podcasts!


1 Dec 2020

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Emperor Norton I

Sofa Spuds History

Hey, Tater Tots!Have a listen and learn about a very interesting individual, Emperor Norton I of the America. What? Yes, really. Kind of. It's a heartwarming story from a fellow in the 1800s in San Francisco, who won over the hearts of many who lived there. There's SO much food that comes originally from San Fransisco, too...but we narrowed it down to just a couple random ones that we thought sounded fantastic! Thank you for listening, and don't forget to share with your friends! We love you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROOF OF LICENSESubject to your compliance with our terms of use, Soundstripe Inc. grants Linette Llewellyn a perpetual, non-exclusive, nonsublicensable and nontransferable license to download,reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the song Dewdroppahsolely as combined with your work of authorship, titled Emperor Norton I, for your business purposes. Our terms of use can be found here.SOUNDSTRIPE:  Song Copyright Information Sheet If this track is to be used in broadcast, network Cue Sheets must be finalized and sent to broadcast@soundstripe.com within 30 days of Commercial Broadcast. Track Title: Dewdroppah Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo Writer Name: Matthew Wigton Writer IPI Number: 480250868 Writer PRO: ASCAP Writer Percentage: 50.0% Publisher Name: A SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTION Publisher IPI Number: 00882718598 Publisher PRO: ASCAP Publisher Percentage: 50.0% 


28 Nov 2020

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Emperor Norton interview | Total SF

Total SF

San Francisco legend Emperor Norton joins Total SF co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about the early years of San Francisco and answer Knight's lightning round. Also on the podcast is Joseph Amster, who works in the tourism business in the city and is struggling like many others during the pandemic. Amster talks about how he got his start, and why he didn't pick Mark Twain as his character.Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community," and cable car bell ringing by 8-time champion Byron Cobb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Oct 2020