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American Vegetarian Party

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The American Vegetarian Party was a United States political party formed on July 28, 1947 at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, New York.[1] It was founded by a group of five hundred delegates to the American Naturopathic Association's 1947 convention.[2] The party held conventions and nominated candidates for President and Vice-President in several national elections, although they never seriously pursued ballot access or official recognition as a political party by election officials.

Historical Vegetarian Party presidential tickets[edit]


  • John Maxwell (Vegetarian Party presidential nominee) - Maxwell was born in England, and thus determined to be ineligible.[3]
  • Symon Gould (1948 Vegetarian Party vice-presidential nominee)[4]


  • Daniel J. Murphy (Vegetarian Party presidential nominee) - Herbert C. Holdridge was originally the party's 1952 nominee for president,[5] but in October, he withdrew and was replaced by Daniel J. Murphy.[6]
  • Symon Gould (1952 Vegetarian Party vice-presidential nominee)



  • Symon Gould (1960 Vegetarian Party presidential nominee)
  • Christopher Gian-Cursio (1960 Vegetarian Party vice-presidential nominee)


  • Symon Gould (nominated as 1964 Vegetarian Party candidate for president; however, Gould died in 1963)[7]
  • Abram Wolfson (1964 Vegetarian Party vice-presidential nominee)


  1. ^ Andrew F. Smith, ed. (2007), The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, Oxford University Press, p. 609, ISBN 9780195307962
  2. ^ "POLITICAL NOTES: No Meat, No Drink". Time. August 11, 1947. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Newton, David E. (June 30, 2019). Vegetarianism and Veganism: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. p. 318. ISBN 9781440867644.
  4. ^ Nelson, Michael (August 13, 2012). Guide to the Presidency and the Executive Branch. CQ Press. p. 1968. ISBN 9781452234281.
  5. ^ Kahn, E. J. (June 7, 1952). "Vegetarian HQ". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Vegetarian Party Candidate Quits". Reno Evening-Gazette. October 3, 1952. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "Political party details". Our Campaigns, A historical political resource.

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