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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
  3. ^ Jeff Berry Profile from Terrorism Knowledge Base
  4. ^ Samuel Bowers convicted of 1966 murders
  5. ^ Samuel Bowers Bio
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  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Cunningham, David. Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan. Massachusetts: Oxford Scholarship Online, 2012. Print.