William Joseph Simmons

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Birthday
6, 1880
Birthplace
Harpersville, AL
Death Date
May 18, 1945 (65)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
6, 1880
Birthplace
Harpersville, AL
Death Date
May 18, 1945 (65)

About

Inspired by the seminal film The Birth of a Nation, he revived the fledgling Ku Klux Klan group and led it to prominence.

Before Fame

He was convalescing after a car accident when he saw The Birth of a Nation and decided to rebuild the Klan.

Trivia

As the Klan grew more violent, he was called to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Family Life

His father was a physician, so he studied medicine for a short time.

Associated With

D.W. Griffith directed The Birth of a Nation, which depicted the burning cross symbol that his Klan used.