Emperor Norton and Sacramento
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About The Event
On October 23rd, tour guide, historian, and writer Joseph Amster will appear in character and costume as San Francisco’s beloved Emperor Norton. Born Joshua Abraham Norton in February 1818, the self-proclaimed “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico” originally came to San Francisco in 1849 where he went bankrupt after having initial success in investing. After the bankruptcy, he reinvented himself as the emperor who was allowed to partake in free services and meals, as well as issue his own Imperial Treasury Bonds. He passed away in 1880 and was given the biggest funeral the city had ever seen at that time with upwards of 10,000 people in attendance.
Although most recognized for his connection to San Francisco, Norton was also known to have visited Sacramento. He would often sit in the gallery for the California State Legislature and would sometimes even speak. Once, he was denied passage from San Francisco to Sacramento on a ferry boat. He created such a commotion that the ferry gave him a lifetime pass for all future fares.
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Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee