David Duke Biography

David Duke is an American politician and supporter of white supremacy. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, career and timeline.

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Birthday: July 1, 1950

Nationality: American

Famous: Political Leaders American Men

Sun Sign: Cancer

Age: 68 Years, 68 Year Old Males

Also Known As: David Ernest Duke

Born in: Tulsa

Famous as: White Nationalist, Far-Right Politician

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Chloe Hardin (m. 1974–1984)

father: David H. Duke

mother: Alice Maxine Crick

children: Erika Duke, Kristin Duke

religion: Christanity

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education: Louisiana State University, Interregional Academy of Personnel Management

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David Duke is an American politician and supporter of white supremacy. When he was still in his teens, he met white supremacist National Alliance leader, William Pierce. He joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was seventeen. Duke enrolled at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance, and became notorious for holding parties on Adolf Hitler’s birth anniversary. He appeared at Tulane University wearing Nazi uniform to protest William Kunstler’s visit. He founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and became its Grand Wizard. After some violent Klan incidents, he left the Klan, and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People to end discrimination against white people. He began his political stint as a Democrat. Later, he changed his political affiliation, and moved to the Republican Party. He has contested for the Senate, ran for governorship of Louisiana, and for the Republican Party presidential candidate nomination. He served as the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has authored his autobiography “My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding” and the book “Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question”.

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David Duke
Childhood & Early Life
  • David Duke was born on July 1, 1950 to David H. Duke, an engineer for Shell Oil, and Alice Maxine Crick. The family lived for some time in the Netherlands, and finally settled in Louisiana.
  • He met the white supremacist National Alliance leader, William Pierce, who would remain a lifelong influence. He joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1967.
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Career and Later Life
  • Duke enrolled at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1968. Two years on, he formed a white student group called the White Youth Alliance affiliated with the National Socialist White People’s Party.
  • In 1970, he appeared at Tulane University wearing Nazi uniform to protest William Kunstler’s appearance. He became notorious at LSU for picketing and holding parties on Adolf Hitler’s birth anniversary.
  • He ran for the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat from a Baton Rouge district in 1975. Four years later, he contested for the 10th District Senate seat, and finished second.
  • He allegedly refused to turn over proceeds from the 1979 Klan rallies. Accused of using Klan funds to purchase and refurbish his home in Metairie, he justified saying that the Klan used his house.
  • In 1988, after contesting in the Democratic presidential primaries, he sought the Presidential nomination of the Populist Party. In December, he changed his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
  • He announced his candidacy for the Senate on October 6, 1990. He was the lone Republican pitted against three Democrats. Duke received 43.51 percent of the primary vote to Johnston’s 53.93 percent.
  • Duke’s hostile views on blacks and Jews prompted some of his critics including Republicans, to form the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which directed media attention to Duke’s statements.
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  • In 1991, Duke ran for governor of Louisiana. He faced Edwin W. Edwards in a runoff. Duke claimed to be a spokesperson for the “white majority”. Republican President George Bush opposed and denounced him.
  • While the Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism rallied against his election, white supremacist organizations contributed to his campaign fund. Edwards received 61.2% to Duke’s 38.8%. Duke claimed he won 55% of white vote.
  • In 1992, Duke ran for the Republican Party presidential candidate nomination. He received 0.94% of votes in the primaries. Four years later, he ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate.
  • Duke published his autobiography “My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding” in 1998 which details his social philosophies, and reasoning behind racial separation. The Anti-Defamation League labelled it as racist, anti-semitic, sexist and homophobic.
  • With the sudden resignation of the Republican incumbent Bob Livingston in 1999, a special election was held in Louisiana’s First Congressional District. Duke contested as a Republican, and finished third failing to make the runoff.
  • In 2002, he traveled to Eastern Europe to promote his book, “Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question” which purportedly dwells with ethnic supremacism that he claims exists in the Jewish community.
  • In 2002, he pleaded guilty to the charge of filing a false tax return, and mail fraud. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, fined US$10,000, and ordered to pay taxes.
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  • After he was released from prison in 2004, he organized a “European Nationalists” meeting in Kenner, Louisiana. He proposed peace within the movement and a better outer image known as the New Orleans Protocol.
  • In 2005, Duke received a Kandidat Nauk degree in History from Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. His doctoral thesis was “Zionism as a Form of Ethnic Supremacism”. He taught international relations and history.
  • On April 24, 2009, Duke visited the Czech Republic on invitation by a Czech neo-Nazi Group, Národní Odpor, to promote his book “My Awakening”. He was arrested, released, and asked to leave the country.
  • Duke said he was considering running for the post of President in 2012 with the Tea Party movement activists urging him. However, he ultimately did not contest the primaries or the presidential election.
  • In December 2013, an Italian court ruled to expel Duke from Italy where he was living. The Italian police had discovered that a residence ban has been issued against him in 26 countries.
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Major Works
  • He founded the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and became its Grand Wizard. He introduced reforms including business suits, nonviolence, legality, equal membership for women and Catholics’ membership.
  • In 1979, after his unsuccessful run for president and violent Klan incidents, he left the Klan, and formed the National Association for the Advancement of White People to end discrimination against white people.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Duke met Chloê Hardin while working in the White Youth Alliance. They remained companions throughout college, and married in 1974. He has two daughters with Hardin - Erika and Kristin.
  • Duke had a weakness for women, and pursued them keenly. Fed up with Duke’s womanizing, Chloê Hardin divorced him in 1984. Duke also developed a lifelong weakness for gambling.
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Trivia
  • This politician wrote a women’s self-help book under the pseudonym Dorothy Vanderbilt and James Konrad, titled “Finders-Keepers – Finding and Keeping the Man You Want” which contains sexual, diet, fashion, cosmetic and relationship advice.
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