US History/Third Parties

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Third Parties of the United States[edit]

Though the United States government is overwhelmingly based on a two-party system, there have been times in history when minor third parties have rose to prominence and affected the government.


Party Presidential Candidates, if any Number of Votes for candidate Notes
1 Anti-Masonic William Wirt, Ironically a former Mason
2 Prohibition Party
  • 1872 - James Black & John Russell
  • 1876 - Green Clay Smith & Gideon T. Stewart
  • 1880 - Neal Dow & Henry A. Thompson
  • 1884 - John Saint John & William Daniel
  • 1888 - Clinton B. Fisk & John A. Brooks
  • 1892 - John Bidwell & James B. Cranfill
  • 1896 - Joshua Levering & Hale Johnson
  • 1900 - John G. Woolley & Henry B. Metcalf
  • 1904 - Silas C. Swallow & George W. Carroll
  • 1908 - Eugene W. Chafin & Aaron S. Watkins
  • 1912 - Eugene W. Chafin & Aaron S. Watkins
  • 1916 - Frank Hanly & Ira Landrith
  • 1920 - Aaron Watkins & D. Leigh Colvin
  • 1924 - Herman P. Faris & Marie C. Brehm
  • 1928 - William F. Varney & James A. Edgerton
  • 1932 - William D. Upshaw & Frank S. Regan
  • 1936 - D. Leigh Colvin & Claude A. Watson
  • 1940 - Roger Babson & Edgar V. Moorman
  • 1944 - Claude A. Watson & Andrew Johnson
  • 1948 - Claude A. Watson & Dale H. Learn
  • 1952 - Stuart Hamblen & Enoch A. Holtwick
  • 1956 - Enoch A. Holtwick & Edwin M. Cooper
  • 1960 - Rutherford Decker & E. Harold Munn
  • 1964 - E. Harold Munn & Mark R. Shaw
  • 1968 - E. Harold Munn & Rolland E. Fisher
  • 1972 - E. Harold Munn & Marshall E. Uncapher
  • 1976 - Benjamin C. Bubar & Earl F. Dodge
  • 1980 - Benjamin C. Bubar & Earl F. Dodge
  • 1984 - Earl Dodge & Warren C. Martin
  • 1988 - Earl Dodge & George Ormsby
  • 1992 - Earl Dodge & George Ormsby
  • 1996 - Earl Dodge & Rachel Bubar Kelly
  • 2000 - Earl Dodge & W. Dean Watkins
  • 2004 - Earl Dodge & Howard Lydick, Gene Amondson & Leroy Pletten
3 Green Party
  • Ralph Nader - 1996, 2000
  • David Cobb - 2004
4 Libertarian Party
  • Harry Browne - 1996, 2000
  • Michael Badnarik - 2004
5 Workers World Party
  • Gloria La Riva
  • Monica Moorehead
6 Socialist Workers Party
  • Farrell Dobbs
  • Fred Halstead
  • Linda Jenness
  • Róger Calero
7 Jefferson Republican Party


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