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Dr John Hospers
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1918
Marion County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2011
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Philosopher and Presidential Candidate. John Hospers was the first presidential candidate ever nominated by the Libertarian Party, running in 1972 against Richard Nixon from the Republicans and George McGovern from the Democrats. Hospers also was the first openly gay presidential candidate to receive a vote in the electoral college. Roger MacBride, voting as a Republican from Virginia, cast that electoral college vote for Hospers and his running mate, Theodora (Tonie) Nathan. That vote also made vice-presidential nominee Tonie Nathan the first woman to receive an electoral college vote. Hosper's and Nathan's one electoral college vote was only sixteen votes fewer than the seventeen electoral college votes received by George McGovern and Sargent Shriver that year, but 519 fewer than the re-elected incumbents, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. However, Hospers and Nathan made it on the ballot in only two states and gathered only 8,715 (0.0%) of the popular votes. So at least five other tickets, including People's Party nominees Dr. Benjamin Spock and Julius Hobson, received more popular votes than Hospers and Nathan. In the 1976 election, Roger MacBride succeeded John Hospers as the second presidential candidate ever nominated by the Libertarian Party. John Hospers received his BA in 1939 from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He received an MA in Literature from the University of Iowa in 1941, and his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1944. He taught philosophy at Brooklyn College and at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was chairman of the philosophy department for many years. He also was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California.

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  John G. Hospers (1879 - 1965)
  Dena H. VerHey Hospers (1882 - 1947)
Created by: Steven Tynan
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71700427
Dr John Hospers
Added by: Steven Tynan
Dr John Hospers
Added by: Steven Tynan
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