Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

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The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (more simply referred to as the Supreme Knight) is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. He leads more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils and oversees over $77B of life insurance in force, as of 2013.[1]

Carl A. Anderson is the current Supreme Knight, a position he has held since 2000.

Past Supreme Knights[edit]

Since its founding in 1882, there have been 13 Supreme Knights of the Knights of Columbus.[2]

  1. James T. Mullen, 1882-1886
  2. John J. Phelan, 1886-1897
  3. James E. Hayes, 1897-1898
  4. John J. Cone, 1898-1899
  5. Edward L. Hearn, 1899-1909
  6. James A. Flaherty, 1909-1927
  7. Martin H. Carmody, 1927-1939
  8. Francis P. Matthews, 1939-1945
  9. John E. Swift, 1945-1953
  10. Luke E. Hart, 1953-1964
  11. John W. McDevitt, 1964-1977
  12. Virgil C. Dechant, 1977-2000
  13. Carl A. Anderson, 2000–present


  1. ^ "Annual Report of the Supreme Knight" (pdf). Knights of Columbus. August 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ "History of the Knights - Supreme Knights". Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Retrieved 2011-01-25.