Robert Worth Bingham: The chameleon man
The term â€śmetamorphosisâ€? means a change in appearance, character, condition, or function. Although Robert Worth Binghamâ€™s appearance changed with age, his character underwent a transformation the likes of which is rarely seen in human nature--an overnight conversion from complete knave to an unbridled public servant. Bingham was born in 1871 near Hillsboro, N.C. The Binghams were an old, well-established and highly educated family. The Civil War and Reconstruction, however, left them destitute. Binghamâ€™s father ran the Bingham School and was one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization formed in 1866 to resist Reconstruction.