Former Libertarian Presidential Candidate John Hospers Has Passed Away

John Hospers, the first Libertarian Party presidential nominee, has passed away at the age of 93. May he RIP. Jesse Walker at Reason has the story.

John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate, has died at age 93. He was both the least and most successful of the party’s nominees: His 1972 campaign received fewer popular votes than any of its successors (not surprisingly, since he was on the ballot in only two states), but it also was the only campaign to get a vote in the Electoral College, thanks to a libertarian-leaning elector who couldn’t bring himself to cast a ballot for Nixon.

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HT: Jim Antle at AmSpec

9 thoughts on “Former Libertarian Presidential Candidate John Hospers Has Passed Away

  1. NewFederalist

    I saw this on BAN as well via a WAR email wherein he said the family wished him to make the announcement. I never knew Root and Professor Hospers were so close. RIP to Dr. Hospers… a real libertarian pioneer.

  2. Marc Montoni

    Hospers served as an early inspiration for me when I first found the LP back in 1980.

    Although he turned away from the LP and libertarianism altogether and towards the Republican Party in his later years, he was still larger than life to me.

    Like the other giants of the movement who have passed on, such as David Nolan, he will be remembered by many of us for forging a new path in the early days of the movement.

  3. NewFederalist

    The early giants really are dropping like flies… Nolan, MacBride, Browne, Jim Lewis (Bergland’s running mate) and now Hospers. I guess I’m getting old.

  4. Former Libertarian Party Has Passed Away

    With Hospers and Nolan both dead, the “LP” should perhaps shorten its name to just its initials, a la “KFC”,.. …stop calling it Libertarian, just call it the “L Party”?

  5. mdh

    Darryl, except that Hospers made it pretty clear that he didn’t want those dirty anarchist types around the party… 😉

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