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PARTY INFORMATION

Abbreviation

Lty

Website

Link

Country

United States

Founded

00/00/1839

Disbanded

12/00/1932

Priority

98

Database Record

Posted 11/21/2004, Updated 6/30/2012

Historic Overview

The Liberty Party had two separate existences. Its first incarnation (1839--1856) was a party dedicated to the immediate emancipation of slaves. This party ran James G. Birney, a former slaveowner, for President in 1840 and 1844. The bulk of the party joined the Free Soil Party in 1848. However, the Party continued to exist in NY, where Gerrit Smith ran for President in 1848 and the last local candidates ran. William Goodell was the presidential nominee in 1852 and received a few votes in NY. This marked the end of the party. Gerrit Smith received some votes for president in 1856 and 1860 but used other names for his ticket. The second Liberty Party was formed in 1930. The party's nominees did well primarily in locations where voters were reluctant to vote Democratic; one candidate in UT received 13% of the vote that year. However, in 1932, the presidential nominee and state affiliates fared poorly. Their best showings were on the west coast, so the party ceased to exist after 1932. In recent years, the party name has returned as a 3rd party in Massachusetts. It's called the Liberty Party but is also known as the Boston Tea Party of Massachusetts. It's philosophy is libertarian. It's a offshoot of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts. It's most famous for being affiliated with Independent candidate Joe Kennedy in the 2010 special senatorial election. Kennedy got about 0.99% of the vote. The party's best showing was from Jonathan A. Loya in 2010 who received 28% of the vote against only an incumbent Democrat for the Eight Middlesex seat in the Massachusetts State House.


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RECENT CANDIDATES

11/6/2012

WI - District 02

Joe Kopsick

0.00%

11/6/2012

ME US Senate

Andrew Ian Dodge

0.80%

11/2/2010

US House - National Vote

Liberty Party Control

0.01%

11/2/2010

MA - District 05

Dale E. Brown

1.96%

11/2/2010

MA State House - Eighth Middlesex

Jonathan A. Loya

28.67%

1/19/2010

Charlton MA US Senate - Special Election

Joe Kennedy

0.96%

1/19/2010

MA US Senate - Special Election

Joe Kennedy

0.99%

4/4/2005

OC President - Liberty Caucus Endorsement

Tom "VA Moderate" Sullivan

25.00%

4/4/2005

OC President - Liberty Caucus Endorsement

Steve "Classical Liberal" _

50.00%

4/4/2005

OC President - Liberty Caucus Endorsement

Thomas Walker

25.00%

11/6/1990

CT District 5

William G. Hare

1.04%

11/2/1976

IL Comptroller

Charles W. Hunter

0.00%

11/7/1972

ND At-Large

Kenneth C. Gardner

0.19%

11/3/1970

NY Assembly 78

Andre Vidal

6.46%

11/8/1938

NY Assembly - Erie 5

Frank Kwiatkowski

9.72%

11/3/1936

US Senate - National Vote

Liberty Party Control

0.05%

11/6/1934

US Senate - National Vote

Liberty Party Control

0.05%

1/4/1933

US President - Electoral Vote

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.00%

11/8/1932

AR US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.44%

11/8/1932

US Vice President

Frank B. Hemenway

0.00%

11/8/1932

TX Governor

Otho L. Heitt

0.02%

11/8/1932

CA US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.43%

11/8/1932

ID US Senate

Earl A. Oliason

2.05%

11/8/1932

TX US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.04%

11/8/1932

SD Governor

H. O. Stevens

1.75%

11/8/1932

ID US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

2.53%

11/8/1932

MI US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.01%

11/8/1932

MT US President

William Hope "Coin" Harvey

0.67%

11/8/1932

NM At-Large

L. E. Lake

0.28%

11/8/1932

SD District 01

Paul L. Werth

1.61%


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