List of ranks, titles, and terms of the Ku Klux Klan

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The Ku Klux Klan had several different ranks, titles, and terms throughout its history.

The original post-Civil War Ku Klux Klan had a Grand Wizard as their national head, the first being General Nathan Bedford Forrest of Tennessee. Twentieth Century Klans changed the national title to Imperial Wizard. His reign was over the Invisible Empire which was the entire territory where the Klan had a presence.

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First Era (1866-1877) Klan rank and titles

  • Grand Cyclops - president or presiding officer of a meeting or "Den."
  • Grand Magi - second officer in authority of the Den.
  • Grand Monk - third officer in authority of the Den.
  • Grand Turk - the marshal, executive officer to the Grand Cyclops, and master of ceremonies of the Den.

Assorted titles for staff officers were: Genii, Hydra, Furie, Goblin, Night-hawk, Grand Magi, Grand Monk, Grand Scribe, Grand Exchequer, Grand Turk, and Grand Sentinel. Individual members were called Ghouls.

  • Genii - assistants to the Grand Wizard, usually ten.
  • Grand Scribe - the correspondence secretaries for the Grand Wizard, Grand Dragons, Grand Titans, Grand Giants, and Grand Cyclops.
  • Grand Exchequer - the treasurers for the Grand Wizard, Grand Dragons, Grand Titans, Grand Giants, and Grand Cyclops.
  • Hydras - assistants to the Grand Dragon, usually eight.
  • Furies - assistants to the Grand Titan, usually six.
  • Goblins - assistants to the Grand Giant, usually four.
  • Night-hawks - assistants to the Grand Cyclops, usually two.

Second Era (1915-1944) Klan rank and titles

  • Grand Goblin - ruler over a "Dominion" which is now defined as a multi-state area.
  • Kleagle - field organizer over a certain territory or part of a "Realm."

Local "Dens" were replaced by "Klaverns" and had their own ranks and titles. The Ku Klux ritual was called the "Kloran." The investigative committee was called the "Klokann." National conventions were called "Klonvokations." A delegate to a Klonvokation was a Klepeer. The national council was called the "Imperial Kloncilium."

  • Terrors - officers of the Exalted Cyclops which consists of:
  • Klaliff - vice president of the Klavern
  • Kladd - the conductor of ceremonies
  • Klokan - Head of the three-man Klokann Board which investigates prospective members.

Similar titles existed at the national, state, and local levels with "Imperial", "Grand", and "Great" prefaced respectively.

Third Era (1945-1974) Klan rank and titles

During the Third Era Klan period and thereafter the state leader title of Grand Dragon was reinstated.

Terms

  • "Dominion" or "Domain" - In the First Era Klan a Dominion corresponded to a congressional district. During the Second Era (1915-1944) a Dominion usually became a multi-state area. There were nine Dominions with headquarters in the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Houston, and Los Angeles.
    • "Domain of the East", New York state only
    • "Domain of the Mississippi Valley", seven states[1]
  • "Klannishness" - refers to loyalty to family, nation, race, and the Ku Klux Klan itself. This term was in common usage during the 1920s Klan period.
  • "Klonvocation", "Klonvokation" also" National Klonklave" - a national convention and legislature of the Ku Klux Klan. In June 1941 the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held their Tenth Biennial Klonvocation in Atlanta.
  • "Kloncilium" - an advisory and judicial body appointed by the Imperial Wizard. It substitutes as a legislature when the Klonvocation is not in session.[2]
  • "Klectoken" - the $10 initiation fee (Second Era)
  • "Klanton" - the jurisdiction of a klavern.
  • Kloran - Text of Ku Klux Klan initiation document (1916)

Passwords

  • "Kigy" - means "Klansman, I greet you."

Sources

  • Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, by Col. Winfield Jones, pages 24, 27, 28, 112, 116, 231, 232, 240, 252-260 (1921, 1941)
  • The Klan, by Patsy Sims pages 292-294 (1996) second edition revised

See also

Notes

  1. The Ku Klux Klan in American Politics by Arnold S. Rice, page 3
  2. The Ku Klux Klan in American Politics by Arnold S. Rice, page 3
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