John Hospers | Libertarian pioneer, 93

Posted: June 16, 2011

John Hospers, 93, a philosophy professor who in 1972 became the Libertarian Party's first presidential candidate, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

Party chair Mark Hinkle said in a statement that Dr. Hospers "was very influential in the formative days of our party, and we will miss him."

Running on a platform of limited government and individual rights, Dr. Hospers was on the ballot in two states in 1972 and received 3,671 votes and a single electoral vote. The election sent Richard M. Nixon to the White House for a second term.

Dr. Hospers taught philosophy at the University of Southern California. A statement on his website recalls that "traversing the country in a political campaign was hardly his style, and he was relieved to return to academia to resume his academic career." - AP

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