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Leaders of the Ku Klux Klan

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The national leader of the Ku Klux Klan is called either a Grand Wizard or an Imperial Wizard, depending on which KKK organization is being described.

Second Ku Klux Klan

  • William Joseph Simmons[1] (1880–1945) was the leader of the second Ku Klux Klan between 1915 and 1922.
  • James A. Colescott (1897–1950), Imperial Wizard, 1939-1944. Colescott dissolved the organization after it was hit with a $685,000 lien by the IRS.
  • Samuel Green[2] (1889–1949), Imperial Wizard for 1 day.

Other Ku Klux Klan Movements


  1. ^ "History of the Ku Klux Klan".
  2. ^ Samuel Green Archived 2006-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "404". Archived from the original on 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2006-08-09.
  4. ^ "CNN - Former KKK leader convicted of 1966 murder - August 21, 1998".
  5. ^ Samuel Bowers Bio Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (17 February 2009). "Virgil Lee Griffin, Klan Leader, Dies at 64" – via
  7. ^ Cunningham, David. Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan. Massachusetts: Oxford Scholarship Online, 2012. Print.