Joshua Abraham Norton

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Joshua A. Norton was born in London and moved with his family to Cape Colony, South Africa at an early age. He made a fortune making and selling carts and wagons during the Witwatersrand gold rush during the 1880s. The wagon trade continued after the rush, and in 1911 the Norton Livery Company merged with Emperor Carriages, another local firm. This merger led, of course, to today's Emperor-Norton Motor Works (ENMW), an important automobile corporation based in Johannesburg.