John Hospers, RIP.

The following is from Wayne Allyn Root.

I have sad news to report…John Hospers, the very first Libertarian Presidential candidate in 1972, has passed away. John was 93. Because of our close friendship, I was asked to announce his death to the LP and his many fans and supporters.

John passed quietly away in his sleep, on Sunday morning June 12 without pain and suffering, of natural causes. He died only 3 days after his 93rd birthday.

He was a true friend of individual liberty and freedom.

A sad day for all. But a devastatingly sad for me, because John was a true friend to me as well. I spoke to John often. He was a trusted political advisor and confidant. And in his last years, when he was in the hospital, his friends always asked if I could cheer him up with a call. I came to enjoy those calls. John was my personal “Tuesday with Morrie.”

He was the sweetest man alive, and a very loyal friend of mine. He will be greatly missed by all. The Libertarian movement has lost a pioneer and hero.

I send my condolences to the Hospers family.

And I wish a lifetime in heaven for John.

Many of us in the libertarian movement know of John Hospers who was the LP’s first Presidential candidate in 1972. The ticket was made famous by receiving an Electoral College vote, when Roger McBride, a Republican delegate felt he could not support Nixon and opted for the LP candidates. I was fortunate enough to meet Roger when he addressed a Progress party meeting in Brisbane.

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  1. Very sad news indeed.
    My involvement with John Hospers goes back to 1961, and I’ve since spent many enjoyable hours in his inspirational company.
    On one memorable occasion in August 2004, John accompanied my wife Jenny and I and acted as our “friendly history guide” when we spent an entire day at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California and he explained the “bit part” as he called it, he had played in stimulating Ronald Reagan’s interest in selling the benefits of “smaller government”

    John’s long involvement in the Libertarian tradition is something of a “glue” linking together so many of the major players, and I am moved to summarize and share my extensive files on this towering figure.

    Regards to all
    Ron Manners

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