21 December 1862
WE, Norton-1, do hereby decree that the offices of President,
Vice President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives are, from
and after this date, abolished.
WE further decree that the Senate of the United States
elect a prominent Democrat as their presiding officer, to act as President
until the next election, and to reconstruct the Cabinet according to our
wishes hereafter to be declared.
Done at our palace this 21st day of December, A.D. 1862.
Some say that this was a forgery - Cf. Drury, 1986, p. 89
[Norton I, Emperor of the United States: A Biography
of One of America's Most Colorful Eccentrics by William Drury (1986) Dodd,
Mead & Co. Inc.]
October 1863 – Death of Lazarus, NOT Emperor
February 14, 1864 – Norton-1 arrived in Marysville
to join celebration of opening a new railroad.
February 1865 (given as fictitious)
Owing to unsettled questions between His Majesty Maximilian I, EI Duque
de Gwino, The Tycoon, the King of the Mosquitos, the King of the Cannibal
Islands, &c., the usual display of bunting on foreign shipping and
on public buildings, in commemoration of our 46th birthday, will be omitted.
Feb. 4, 1865.