In 1915, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were created along the lines of a fraternal organization. The highest-ranking leader of that latter-day 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 Wizards or Imperial Wizards
This list excludes those Grand or Imperial Wizards of post-war, independent Klan factions:
- Nathan Bedford Forrest, Grand Wizard, Reconstruction Klan, 1867–1869
- William Joseph Simmons, Imperial Wizard, second Klan, 1915–1922
- Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard, second Klan, 1922–1939
- James A. Colescott, Imperial Wizard, second Klan, 1939–1944
- Duke MW, Grand Wizard, second Klan, 1944-1945
- David E. Duke, Grand Wizard, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, 1974–1979/1980
- Donald "Don" Black, Grand Wizard, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, 1979/1980–1981[circular reference]
- Wade, Wyn Craig (1998). The Fiery Cross: the Ku Klux Klan in America. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-512357-3.
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