Grand Wizard

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This article is about the term used for the leader of the Ku Klux Klan. For the professional wrestling manager known as the Grand Wizard, see Ernie Roth.
Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
Insignia of the Ku Klux Klan
James A. Colescott,
Imperial Wizard
Style His Excellency
Member of Ku Klux Klan
Seat Compton, California
United States
Term length Until resignation or deposition
Formation 1866
Final holder James A. Colescott
Abolished 1944

Grand Wizard was the title given to the head of the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan which existed from 1866 to 1871.[1]

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[edit]

This list excludes those of post-war, independent factions.

List of notable Third Klan Imperial Wizards who received votes (or political support) from Ku Klux Klan membership in more than one State.


  1. ^ Quarles, Chester L. (1999). "Appendix I". The Ku Klux Klan and related American racialist and antisemitic organizations: a history and analysis. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0647-X. 
  2. ^ Wade, p.144
  3. ^ Wade, p.188
  4. ^ Wade, p.272
  5. ^ Lay, Shawn (2005). Post–World War II Klan. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. 
  6. ^ a b Lay, p.78
  7. ^ a b Lay, p.132
  8. ^ Lay, p.63
  9. ^ Lay, p.177
  10. ^ Lay, p.64