Emperor Norton

1818 - 1880

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Joshua Abraham Norton (February 4, 1818 – January 8, 1880), known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859. In 1863 he took the secondary title of "Protector of Mexico" after Napoleon III invaded Mexico. Norton was born in England but spent most of his early life in South Africa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Norton has received more than 1,702,623 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Emperor Norton is the 56th most popular extremist (up from 57th in 2019), the 838th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 957th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Extremist.

Emperor Norton was a man who claimed to be the Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. He was most famous for declaring himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, which he did on September 17, 1859.

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Among extremists, Emperor Norton ranks 56 out of 205. Before him are Robert-François Damiens, George Habash, James Earl Ray, George Stinney, George Jung, and Karl Denke. After him are Jordan Belfort, Johnny Torrio, Pavlik Morozov, Willi Herold, Timothy McVeigh, and Henri Désiré Landru.

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Among people born in 1818, Emperor Norton ranks 19Before him are Rudolf von Jhering, Leconte de Lisle, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, Sophie of Württemberg, August Wilhelm von Hofmann, and Angelo Secchi. After him are Mary Todd Lincoln, Thomas Mayne Reid, François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, Amalia of Oldenburg, Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Frederick Douglass. Among people deceased in 1880, Emperor Norton ranks 9Before him are Maria Alexandrovna, George Eliot, Paul Broca, Henryk Wieniawski, William Lassell, and Ned Kelly. After him are Anselm Feuerbach, Ole Bull, Michel Chasles, Oliver Winchester, Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, and Sunanda Kumariratana.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Emperor Norton ranks 838 out of 6,924. Before him are Duncan I of Scotland (1001), Richard of Cornwall (1209), Alexander III of Scotland (1241), Louise of Great Britain (1724), Tony Richardson (1928), and Ronnie Wood (1947). After him are Arthur Hailey (1920), John Kendrew (1917), Tom Simpson (1937), Charlotte Cooper (1870), Edward Burne-Jones (1833), and Ealhswith (852).

Among EXTREMISTS In United Kingdom

Among extremists born in United Kingdom, Emperor Norton ranks 2Before him are Sawney Bean (1600). After him are Mary Bell (1957), John Adams (1767), Harold Shipman (1946), John Haigh (1909), Jonathan Wild (1683), Fred West (1941), Guy Burgess (1911), John Bodkin Adams (1899), Howard Marks (1945), and Peter Sutcliffe (1946).