JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Oakland, Monday, October 10, 2016: San Francisco's Own Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico #general


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San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

San Francisco's Own Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Monday October 10, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills, California

A Jewish businessman originally >from England and South Africa, Joshua Abraham
Norton arrived in San Francisco in 1849 with $40,000, which after some shrewd
investing increased to $250,000 (about $3 million today). After losing his
fortune to a bad rice investment, Norton disappeared, returning to San
Francisco in 1859 and declaring himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States
and Protector of Mexico. In any other city he would have been dismissed as a
madman, but the people of San Francisco embraced his reign. Speaker Joseph
Amster will talk about Norton's life through bringing him to life via acting
out the part.

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For
more information, visit our site at http://www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs/

Preeva Tramiel, Board Member
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

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