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Congressman Upshaw and the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan

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Congressman Upshaw and the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan:

During the late 1920's and early 1930's, a Georgia Congressman named William D. Upshaw made headlines across the nation. Upshaw was a singing evangelist who strongly supported the prohibition laws, and toured the country promoting his non-alcoholic agenda. Introduced to William Branham by Roy E. Davis, Upshaw is known to "Message" followers as a very famous individual who was "healed" in William Branham's meetings. But is there more to the story?

On our website, you will find information detailing the criminal activities of Roy E. Davis, William Branham's mentor, which includes a substantial amount of evidence to suggest that Branham's "teacher" was in fact the Imperial Wizard (top leader) of the Ku Klux Klan. This information can be studied here:

After studying the history for Roy E. Davis, one must examine the men he was affiliated with -- especially the men Davis introduced to William Branham. It is quite possible that like Davis, the men affiliated were involved in either criminal activity or secret societies with hidden secrets. William Upshaw fits this category. Upshaw was a very active and very popular man during the time when William Branham became involved with Davis. Though William Branham told many stories painting the picture of a bedridden senator who was carried on beds and pushed in wheelchairs, the newspapers describe a very busy Congressman travelling the nation as a singing Gospel evangelist. Preaching the same type of Pentecostal doctrines, it is intereesting to consider that Branham, Davis, and Upshaw were all involved with the Pentecostal minisry at the same time. Davis and Upshaw were traveling evangelists in the early 30's and 40's, and as their activity in the Gospel campaign trails decreased, William Branham's activity increased. It is almost as though the combined ministries were being transitioned to William Branham. This thought is interesting when you consider the number of times that Congressman Upshaw made his appearance in the Branham campaigns.

In the early 1900s Roy E. Davis was arrested in the state of Georgia after having been caught evangelizing, swindling, slandering, and living a dual life in Georgia and Texas. During this time, he was the public spokesperson for the Ku Klux Klan. Davis made public news across the nation for his meetings promoting the Klan, and as criticism for the secretive organization began to spread, he gave public relations statements calming the fears.

About the same time, and living in the same state of Georgia, Congressman Upshaw began defending the Klan. Upshaw claimed to have known the Imperial Wizard of the Klan personally. His usage of the word "Knightliest" is interesting. The Klan would later become known as the "White Knights," and in Louisiana, Davis would be named as the leader of the "Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan" In his statement made in Washington, D.C., Upshaw told critics that their criticism was wounding his own pride. Congressman Upshaw said that the "Imperial Wizard is one of the Knightliest, most patriotic men [he has] ever known."

Upshaw's story really gets interesting in the early 1930s. As a traveling evangelist and politician, Upshaw began touring cities all across the nation to protest alcohol. While touring Kentucky, his motorcade was nicknamed the "Bluegrass Flying Squadron," with well-advertised meetings in Shepherdsville, Jefferontown, and Louisville, Kentucky -- all within a short driving distance from Roy E. Davis and William Branham who were living across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The areas that Upshaw visited in this campaign are well-known for having liquor distilleries. Both Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana were port towns that thrived on the liquor industry. During prohibition, however, these distilleries were severely limited in production, having been forced to produce only medicinal-quality liquor. Upshaw's tour would have been the talk of both towns -- should prohibition continue long-term, it would dramatically downsize the already struggling industry.

Also interesting is the timing of his tour. Upshaw toured Louisville and Kentucky in late 1933. Roy E. Davis had fled criminal charges in Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana only three years prior. Almost immediately after fleeing to Jeffersonville, he started a church with William Branham as an elder. 1933 is the same year that William Branham is advertised with Roy E. Davis as an elder at the "First Pentecostal Baptist Church." If Upshaw was fully acquanted with the Imperial Wizard, one might even ask if there was a meeting with Roy Davis and William Branham during his stay in Louisville.

But strangely, William Branham claims that he had never heard of Upshaw. Though Davis was making widespread news -- both local and national -- Branham claims that the first time he had ever heard of the nationally-recognized evangelist and congressman was during one of his own meetings:

How did Mr. Upshaw... I never seen him in my life. I knowed nothing of him. How'd I know he was a congressman and who he was? But the Holy Spirit revealed it here at the platform. See? He revealed it. His... Makes His secrets known... Now, that's nothing to do with me. See? I... Just happened to be that I was born for that purpose. See? Branham, 51-0505 - My Commission

And though William Branham's account of the meeting appears to have changed significantly over time, there is one aspect of the story that remains the same: Roy E. Davis was the one who introduced Congressman Upshaw to William Branham:

And he said, "The man that ordained you, Dr. Davis, in the Baptist church, told me to come here. And that's why I'm here." Said, "I've been going to healing services since I was a little boy trying to get healed. But," said, "I've been crippled for sixty-six years." And he's eighty-six years old then.And I said, "Well now, sir, I wished I could do something for you. I can only say what I see."
Branham, 54-0724

Learning that Roy E. Davis was accused of being a triggerman in the assassination of President Kennedy is very shocking. To read through the newspaper articles describing his criminal activity throughout the country, and a substantial amount of evidence to suggest that the man who trained William Branham was the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan should be enough to cause even the most devout follower of William Branham to be concerned. But when one studies Congressman Upshaw's history, that concern quickly changes focus from Branham's hidden agenda to his prayer lines.

The picture of William Upshaw that has been painted into the minds of William Branham's followers is that of a frail, old man who was destined to a crippled life in a wheelchair. William Branham often mentions how the Congressman was so bad off that he had to be wheeled around, carried on beds, and practically unable to function. But in the newspapers, we find Upshaw travelling around in convoys of automobiles, walking around freely using his crutches, and speaking to multiple audiences per day -- both for policical speeches and evangelistic sermons. Why did William Branham paint this picture in his descriptions of the Congressman. And why did the congressman support these stories as he frequented the Branham meeting? Was it to promote the sales of his book? And what interest in William Branham did his widow have in Branham's ministry since she was never in the "Message" cult? Did she use the Branham campaign to promote the book she wrote?

Was Upshaw part of an elaborate scheme? Was he also a secret member of the Ku Klux Klan? Did William Branham, Roy Davis, and William Upshaw conspire to boost William Branham's ministry into the public spotlight?

But the bigger question to those submitting themselves to the undue influence of the "Message" mind control cult comes when looking at the photograph of the Congressman and his wife who toured with William Branham. Does this look like a "Message" woman? Did Branham's alleged "healing" convert them into the cult? If not, then why? If this were such a supernatural event, wouldn't they have converted?

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