Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Emperor of the United States

.In the 19th century in San Francisco businessman Joshua Norton lived. After financial setbacks he apparently lost his mind and gave himself the title of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I of the United States and Protector of Mexico. However, the townspeople react to his eccentricity with humor - signed by the "emperor" bank notes were accepted in restaurants and shops, and meeting people gave him homage. Norton issued many edicts and decrees that are readily printed in the newspapers. The most famous among them is a decree of dissolution of the U.S. Congress, for obvious reasons, it was ignored by Congress. After the death of Norton in 1880 it was discovered that he had no savings, but the townsfolk quickly gathered the amount of money needed for the funeral. At the funeral it was more than 10 thousand people.

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