Chancy, William M.

 William M. Chaney Oral History
1 transcript

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Marcia Caudell, November 2011

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Biographical Note:

William Marshal Chaney was born on July 22, 1922 in Pulaski County, Kentucky son of, W. Amos Chaney, and Eva Calhoun Chaney. He served the US Army during World War II, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was married to Mae Marie Smith and they had two daughters and one son. Chaney died on 27 May 2002. He is buried in Mills Springs National Cemetery in Nancy Kentucky.

William Chaney was Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan. In October 1976, he was convicted of possession of an unregistered explosive device and throwing it at a building in connection with the firebombing of the Naegele Outdoor Advertising Company in May 1976. After several appeals, on May 26, 1979 he was sentenced to five years in prison with five years probation.

Oral History Transcript, 1971
Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. Nov 2011.
The Indianapolis Star, May 26, 1979.

Scope and Content Note:

William M. Chaney was interviewed in June 1971 by Randall W. Jehs of the Indiana State Library. Chaney talks briefly about his family, childhood in Kentucky, and military service during World War II. For most of the interview, he discusses the history of the Ku Klux Klan, their financial structure, and the Klan and politics. Chaney also discusses his position in the organization, Klan activities, membership in the Klan, and his attitude about race. 

The transcript also contains a picture of Chaney wearing his Klan regalia.

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Item Listing:

June, 1971 Transcript

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1 transcript

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Indiana State Library Oral History project

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