Grand Wizard

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The Grand Wizard was the head of the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan which was founded in 1865.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, founded in 1915, styled their highest-ranking leader the Imperial Wizard. National officers were styled "Imperial" officers. State or "Realm" officers were styled "Grand" officers. A "Grand Dragon", for example, was the highest-ranking Klansman in a given state.

Grand wizards or imperial wizards[edit]

This list excludes those Grand or Imperial Wizards of post-war, independent Klan factions:

Major Klan leaders following the disbandment of the second Klan:

  • Samuel Green, Imperial Wizard, Original Knights of the Ku Klu Klan, 1946-1949, Green reformed the KKK in 1946
  • Samuel Roper, Imperial Wizard, Original Knights of the Ku Klu Klan 1949-1950
  • Eldon Edwards, Imperial Wizard, Original Knights of the Ku Klu Klan, 1950-1959,
  • Roy Elonzo Davis, Imperial Wizard, Original Knights of the Ku Klu Klan, Knights of the Flaming Sword 1959-1964. Both organizations disbanded.
  • Robert Shelton, Grand Wizard, United Klans of America Inc., 1961-1987, Shelton started a new branch of the KKK
  • David Duke, Imperial Wizard, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, 1974-1981, Duke started a new branch of the KKK
  • James K. Dale, Imperial Wizard, UK Branch, 2014–2016
  • Rad U. Estherson, Imperial Wizard, UK Branch, 2016–

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wade 1980, p. 144.
  2. ^ Wade 1980, p. 188.
  3. ^ Wade 1980, p. 272.

Sources[edit]

  • Wade, Wyn Craig (1998). The Fiery Cross: the Ku Klux Klan in America. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-512357-3.