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SpouseChloe Hardin
FactReceived BA in history from Louisiana State University in 1974.


David Duke is an American white supremacist, white nationalist politician, author, and former Klansman who served as the Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from 1974 to 1980. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and the Reform Party presidential nomination in 1992. He ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana State Senate in 1975, 1979, and 1995, and for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and 1996. In 2002, he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for tax fraud and mail fraud.

Duke was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to David Duke Sr. and Alice Maxine Crick. His father was an engineer for Shell Oil Company and his mother was a homemaker. Duke has two brothers, William and Howard, and two sisters, Peggy and Betty. Duke’s father left the family when Duke was nine years old, and his mother died of cancer when he was ten. Duke was raised by his paternal aunt, Emma Rousselle, and her husband, Walter E. Williams Jr., a dentist.

Duke attended De La Salle High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he majored in history. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In 1974, Duke graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Duke joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1967 while he was a student at LSU. In 1968, he became a Grand Dragon (state leader) of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He later became the Grand Wizard (national leader) of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1974, Duke ran for the Louisiana State Senate but lost to J. Bennett Johnston Jr.. In 1979, he ran for the Louisiana State Senate again but lost to William J. Jefferson. In 1989, Duke ran for the U.S. Senate but lost to incumbent Democrat John Breaux. In 1990, Duke ran for governor of Louisiana but lost to Democrat Edwin Edwards.

In 1992, Duke ran for president of the United States as a member of the Reform Party but lost to incumbent Republican George H. W. Bush. In 1996, Duke ran for the U.S. Senate again but lost to Democrat Mary Landrieu.

In 2001, Duke pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and tax evasion. He was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. He was released from prison in 2004.

In 2010, Duke ran for the U.S. Senate again but lost to Republican David Vitter.

In 2016, Duke endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States.

Duke is divorced and has three children: David Jr., Kristin, and Erika.

Duke is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).

General Info

Full NameDavid Duke
ProfessionPolitician, Author
EducationLouisiana State UniversityInterregional Academy of Personnel Management
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseChloe Hardin
ChildrenKristin Duke, Erika Duke
ParentsAlice Maxine Crick, David H. Duke
SiblingsDotti Duke Wilkerson

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Quotes

#Quote
1Black people have organizations that fight for black power, and Jews look out for each other. But there isn't anyone except the Klan who will fight for the rights of white people.

Facts

#Fact
1Received an honorary doctorate in political science from the University of Kiev, Ukraine, in August 2002.
2His 1991 campaign for governor of Louisiana was endorsed by James Meredith, the first black student at the University of Mississippi. Meredith made the endorsement in a half-hour infomercial produced by the Duke campaign and aired on several television stations in Louisiana.
3His autobiography "My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding" is dedicated to William Shockley, the Nobel-prize winning physicist and co-inventor of the transistor. It also includes a foreword by Glayde Whitney, a former president of the Behavior Genetics Association.
4Has previously ran for state senator, governor, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations, and for president as the nominee of the Populist Party.
5Was the elected chairman of St. Tammany Parish's Republican Executive Committee during the late 1990s.
6Elected to a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1989. Served on the Judiciary and the Health and Welfare Committees.
7Resigned from the Klan and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People in 1978.
8Attended kindergarten at a Dutch-speaking school in the Netherlands, where his father was a petroleum engineer for Shell Oil Company.
9Received BA in history from Louisiana State University in 1974.
10Became National Director of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan in 1974. Left the Klan in 1978.
11Has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Vanderbilt and many other universities.
12Elected to the Louisiana state legislature in 1989, and came in second in the Louisiana gubernatorial race in 1991.

Movies

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
Nazis/Skinheads: Hate and the Holocaust in Ukraine2008DocumentaryHimself (voice)
The Situation Room2006TV SeriesHimself
Scarborough Country2006TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2005TV SeriesHimself
The Beth Littleford Interview Special1998TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself
The Shadow of Hate1995Documentary shortHimself
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992DocumentaryHimself
Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics1992DocumentaryHimself (unconfirmed)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Blood in the Face1991DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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