David Bergland

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David Bergland
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Personal details
Born David Peter Bergland
(1935-06-04) June 4, 1935 (age 83)
Mapleton, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Libertarian
Spouse(s) Sharon Ayres
Alma mater Long Beach City College
University of California, Los

University of Southern California

David Peter Bergland (born June 4, 1935) is an American politician who was the United States Libertarian Party's nominee at the 1983 Libertarian National Convention for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election.[1]


Bergland and his running mate, Jim Lewis, received 228,111 (0.3%). He received the party's vice-presidential nomination in the 1976 presidential election, sharing the ticket with Roger MacBride. 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.

A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland has run unsuccessfully for office several times, always as a Libertarian. In 1974, he ran as a write-in candidate for California Attorney General. 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.[2]

In 1980, Bergland ran for the United States Senate, finishing third of five with 202,410 votes (2.4%). He managed the 2000 Libertarian presidential campaign of Harry Browne. He is the author of the book Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0-9754326-4-8).

On January 20, 2006, Bergland endorsed the Free State Project.[3]


In the 1980s Bergland wrote a book entitled, Libertarianism in One Lesson, which 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, how 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.[4]


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