Luke E. Hart

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President John F. Kennedy and Luke E. Hart in 1961

Luke E. Hart (July 31, 1880 - February 19, 1964) was the tenth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from September 1, 1953 to February 19, 1964.

Hart was the Supreme advocate of the Knights of Columbus in 1928 and was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri in 1940.

By the end of the 1950s Supreme Knight Hart was actively encouraging councils to accept black candidates. It was during Hart's tenure in 1954 that the Knights petitioned to get "under God" inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hart is buried in the crypt of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
John E. Swift
Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
1953 – 1964
Succeeded by
John W. McDevitt