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Grand Wizard was the title given to the head of the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan which existed from 1865 to 1869

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 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.

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

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

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest, Grand Wizard, Reconstruction Klan, 1867–1869
  • William Joseph Simmons, Imperial Wizard, second Klan, 1915–1922
  • Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard, first Klan, 1922–1939
  • James A. Colescott, Imperial Wizard, second Klan, 1939–1944
  • References

    Grand Wizard Wikipedia


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