The Emperor's Bridge Campaign

to honor the life + advance the legacy of Emperor Norton

EMPEROR NORTON  ::  Emperor's Birth Date Research Project

One of the most elusive mysteries surrounding Emperor Norton has been the date of his birth. Most U.S. sources treat the year inscribed on his gravestone in Colma, Calif. — 1819 — as authoritative. But, in researching this question, The Emperor's Bridge Campaign has made a series of unreported (or underreported) discoveries pointing to an earlier date that challenges the conventional wisdom.

Based on the best available evidence, we believe that, most likely, the Emperor was born on 4 February 1818.

Here is a summary of the Campaign's ongoing efforts in support of this research project.


3 February
FUNDRAISER | The Emperor's 197th Birthday: A Party and Presentation of Recent Findings

Original announcement here.

Our post-event write-up here.



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