Hiram Wesley Evans (1881–1966) was Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux
Klan, an American white supremacist group, from 1922 to 1939. Evans, a
dentist, joined the Klan's Dallas chapter in 1920. He quickly rose
through the ranks and, after ousting William J. Simmons as Imperial
Wizard, sought to transform the group into a political juggernaut.
Although Evans had led the kidnapping and torture of a black man while
leader of the Dallas Klan, as Imperial Wizard he publicly discouraged
vigilante actions. He also led major gatherings and marches, endorsed
several successful candidates in state elections, and promoted the Klan
as a nativist, Protestant group. Despite these efforts, the Klan was
buffeted by damaging publicity in the early 1920s, and the Great
Depression of the 1930s severely damaged the Klan's finances and Evans'
own income. In 1939 Evans, having lost favor within the Klan for
disavowing anti-Catholicism, was succeeded by James A. Colescott; the
following year he was fined $15,000 for price fixing. Historians credit
Evans with refocusing the Klan on political activities and recruiting
outside the Southern United States but note that the political influence
and membership gained were transitory.
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