David Bergland

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David Bergland
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4th and 12th Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
In office
1998–2000
Preceded bySteve Dasbach
Succeeded byJim Lark
In office
1977–1981
Preceded byEd Crane
Succeeded byAlicia Clark
Personal details
Born
David Peter Bergland

(1935-06-04)June 4, 1935
Mapleton, Iowa, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 2019(2019-06-03) (aged 83)
Political partyLibertarian
Spouse(s)Sharon Ayres
Alma materLong Beach City College
University of California, Los
Angeles

University of Southern California

David Peter Bergland (June 4, 1935 – June 3, 2019) was an American politician who was the United States Libertarian Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election,[1][2][3][4] and also served twice as the Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

Background[edit]

Bergland was born June 4, 1935 in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Gwendolyn (née McCalman) and Cedores P. Bergland.[5]

Political campaigns and activities[edit]

A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland ran unsuccessfully for office several times, always as a Libertarian.[6] In 1974, he ran as a write-in candidate for California Attorney General.[6] In 1978, Bergland ran for the California state senate district 36, receiving 5.8% of the vote to finish third out of the three candidates on the ballot.[7]

Bergland received the party's vice-presidential nomination in the 1976 presidential election, sharing the ticket with Roger MacBride.[8] The MacBride/Bergland ticket received 172,553 votes (0.2%).

He served as the party's national chair from 1977 to 1981, and from 1998 to 2000.

In 1980, Bergland ran for the United States Senate, finishing third of five with 202,410 votes (2.4%).

Bergland received the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination in the 1984 presidential election. He and his running mate, Jim Lewis, received 228,111 (0.3%).[6]

He managed the 2000 Libertarian presidential campaign of Harry Browne. Bergland endorsed the Free State Project in January of 2006.[9]

Views[edit]

In the 1980s Bergland wrote a book entitled, Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0-9754326-4-8).[10] The book explained the libertarian philosophy and touched on issues including the government as a nature of coercion, how libertarianism developed in America and how it is different from both liberalism and conservatism, the contention that taxation is theft, support of a foreign policy of non-intervention, free trade with other countries, gun rights, and criminal justice reform, opposition to drug and alcohol prohibition, public education, and Social Security.[11]

Death[edit]

Bergland died on June 3, 2019, one day short of his 84th birthday, of prostate cancer.[12][6]

References[edit]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tonie Nathan
Libertarian nominee for Vice President of the United States
1976
Succeeded by
David Koch
Preceded by
Ed Crane
Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
1977–1981
Succeeded by
Alicia Clark
Preceded by
Ed Clark
Libertarian nominee for President of the United States
1984
Succeeded by
Ron Paul
Preceded by
Steve Dasbach
Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Jim Lark