The term “metamorphosis� means a change in appearance, character, condition, or function. Although Robert Worth Bingham’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. Bingham’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.