|Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan|
Insignia of the Ku Klux Klan
|Member of||Ku Klux Klan|
|Term length||Until resignation or deposition|
|Final holder||James A. Colescott|
In 1915, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were created along the lines of a fraternal organization. The highest-ranking leader of the latter organization was the Imperial Wizard. National officers were "Imperial" officers. State or "Realm" officers were "Grand" officers. A "Grand Dragon", for example, was the highest-ranking Klansman in a given state.
Following World War II, dozens of people have assumed the "Wizard" title as leaders of the numerous, independent, Klan-oriented organizations that have existed since then, the majority of which lack historical significance.
Grand or Imperial Wizards
This list excludes those of post-war, independent factions.
- William J. Simmons, Imperial Wizard, second Klan: 1915–1922
- Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard, second Klan: 1922–1939
- James A. Colescott, Imperial Wizard, second Klan: 1939–1944
List of notable Third Klan Imperial Wizards who received votes (or political support) from Ku Klux Klan membership in more than one State.
- Samuel Green: 1946–1949
- Samuel Roper: 1949–1950
- Eldon Lee Edwards: 1953–1960
- Robert Shelton: 1961–1965
- Donald Joseph Ballentine: 1967–1974
- David Duke: 1974–1975
- Bill Wilkinson: 1975–1981
- Donald Black: 1981–1987 (imprisoned for part of tenure)
- Simon Martin: 1987–2012 (most recent Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to gain notable global membership support)
- Joe Walden:2012-
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