On Friday I commented on the 150th anniversary of the ascension of Emperor Norton, and I wanted to make sure I was clear on my feelings toward the man, and I can think of no better description of his Imperial Majesty than that uttered by Patrick Crowley, who observed that Norton “had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of his fellows in that line.”

Which is precisely why I consider Emperor Norton the greatest of all emperors.

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