William Dudley Pelley

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William Dudley Pelley (12 March 1890 – 30 June 1965) was an American writer, spiritualist, and fascist. In 1933, Pelley founded the "Silver Legion of America", sometimes known as the "Silver Shirts". He ran for president in 1936 as the candidate for the "Christian Party" that he had founded and received 1,600 votes.

Despite that the attack on Pearl Harbor led Pelley to disband the Silver Legion, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sedition in 1942, and released in 1950. The terms of Pelley's parole stipulated that he desist from all political activity. He is stated to have developed a religious philosophy based on his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials.

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