Can’t Get Elected as President? Why Not King of the World?


Homer Aubrey Tomlinson (1892-1968) wanted to be a great leader. He tried running for President of the United States in five consecutive elections, beginning in 1952.

When that didn’t pan out (nationwide, he got about 20 votes in 1964), he didn’t get discouraged; in fact, he set his sights even higher by declaring himself King of the World.

Armed with a gold-plated crown, blue silk robes, an inflatable globe, a 15-inch flag featuring a “scepter of righteousness” and a throne built from a folding chair, Tomlinson traveled to more than 100 countries and held numerous coronation ceremonies along the way.

When he wasn’t traveling, Tomlinson ruled the world from his two-story frame house in Queen’s Village in New York City. His rule ended with his death in 1968.


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