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American Party (1969)

American Party
Chairman Arly Pedersen
Founded February 1, 1969
Headquarters P.O. Box 612 Tooele, Utah 84074
Ideology Paleoconservatism, nativism
Political position Fiscal: Right-wing
Social: Right-wing
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The American Party was a conservative party in the United States. Originally called the American Independent Party, it was renamed in 1969 by representatives from 37 states. Following the 1972 election, the American Party split from the American Independent Party. Both of the parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices, although the AIP has considered itself a California affiliate of the Constitution Party. In New York, the party ran a state ticket in 1974 under the name of Courage Party, because a state law there prohibits the use of the word "American" on the ballot. The American Party won its strongest finish in the 1972 presidential election; nominee John G. Schmitz carried 1,090,673 votes (3rd place).

In 1990, a small number of members of the party began The Christian Party, whose membership reportedly grew at a faster rate, but ultimately nothing came of it.[1]

The American Party has failed to achieve ballot status in any state since 1996. The party's website disappeared sometime in 2008, and the party appears to be defunct, although in 2010 the Ohio party endorsed several Libertarian Party candidates.

The party had a Florida affiliate, the American Party of Florida, that appeared to carry on operations into June 2011, but became defunct after that and no longer is listed as a political party in Florida.


  • Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates

Electoral History of the American Party
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| American Party National Campaigns
Year Convention Site & City Dates Presidential nominee Vice-Pres. nominee Votes
1968 Alabama) Curtis LeMay (Ohio) 9,901,151
1972 Freedom Hall,
Louisville, Kentucky
August 3–5, 1972 U.S. Rep. John G. Schmitz (California) Thomas J. Anderson (Tennessee) 1,090,673
1976 Salt Palace,
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 16–20, 1976 Thomas J. Anderson (Tennessee) Rufus E. Shackleford (Florida) 160,773
1980 Pasadena, California December 8–9, 1979 Percy L. Greaves, Jr. (New York) Frank L. Varnum (California) 6,648
Anti-Greaves ticket in Kansas Frank W. Shelton (Kansas) George E. Jackson 1,555
Unpledged Anti-Greaves
Presidential Electors in Minnesota
No nominee No nominee 6,136
1984 Charlotte, North Carolina December 1–3, 1983 Delmar Dennis (Tennessee) Traves Brownlee (Delaware) 13,161
1988 Salt Lake City, Utah June 1987 Delmar Dennis (Tennessee) Earl Jeppson 3,475
1992 Pensacola, Florida June 1992 Robert J. Smith (Utah) Doris Feimer (North Dakota) 292
1996 Wichita, Kansas March 1996 Diane Beall Templin (California) Gary Van Horn (Utah) 1,847
2000 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma March 30–31, 2000 Don Rogers (California) Al Moore (Virginia) 0
2004 Newark, Delaware July 11–12, 2003 Robert N. Boyd (Indiana) (withdrew) Walter C. Thompson (withdrew) 0
Kenner, Louisiana January 10, 2004 Diane Beall Templin (California) Al Moore (Virginia) 0
2008 Jacaranda Hotel,
Avon Park, Florida
March 7–8, 2008 Diane Beall Templin (California) Linda Patterson (Indiana) 0

Sources for table:

  • Ohio Elects the President (2000), pp. 143–174.
  • American Party history at
  • James T. Havel, U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections, vol. 2

See also

Conservatism portal


  1. ^ Dennis, Delmar "The American Party" Contra Mundum Volume 4 (Summer 1992), pages 46-47.

External links

  • parties at

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