Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

New version of Ku Klux Klan founded 100 years ago tonight (Nov 25 1915)

Video: 'Ku Klux Klan - A Secret History' (Nov. 25, 1915, at 18:19)

(Thursday, November 25, 1915, Thanksgiving Day) — A new version of the Ku Klux Klan, targeting blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, was founded tonight by William Joseph Simmons, who proclaimed himself the Imperial Wizard of the group as he staged a cross-burning on Stone Mountain outside Atlanta.

U.S. Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks dies 130 years ago this hour (Nov 25 1885)

(Wednesday, November 25, 1885, 5:00 p.m. local time)Thomas A. Hendricks, the 21st Vice President of the United States (1885, under Grover Cleveland), suffered an apparent fatal heart attack today in Indianapolis, Indiana, after only less than nine months in office.

Following Hendricks’s death at age 66, the office of Vice-President was vacant for more than three years until March 4, 1889, when Levi P. Morton was inaugurated.

Hendricks was the fifth of seven U.S. Vice Presidents to die of natural causes while in office (1812-1912).