David Bergland

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David Bergland
Bergland in 1976
4th and 12th Chair of the
Libertarian National Committee
In office
Preceded bySteve Dasbach
Succeeded byJim Lark
In office
Preceded byEd Crane
Succeeded byAlicia Clark
Personal details
David Peter Bergland

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

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.


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 2006.[9]


In the 1980s, Bergland wrote a book entitled, Libertarianism in One Lesson (ISBN 0975432648).[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]


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


  1. ^ David Bergland – Libertarian Archived April 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Advocates for Self-Government
  2. ^ Greiner, John (April 9, 1984). "United Sovereign, Libertarian Votes Pursued in State". Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Reid, T.R. (September 4, 1983). "Libertarians Pick Candidate For President". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Goodman, Walter (September 28, 1984). "Libertarian Asking Less Government". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Havel, James T. (1996). The candidates: Volume 1 of U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections: A Biographical and Historical Guide. Macmillan Library Reference USA. p. 43. ISBN 978-0028646237.
  6. ^ a b c d Doherty, Brian (June 7, 2019). "David Bergland, R.I.P." Reason.com. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "JoinCalifornia – 11-07-1978 Election". JoinCalifornia.com.
  8. ^ Associated Press (June 15, 1976). "Libertarian Party Confirms Its Presidential Campaign". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "David Bergland's endorsement of the Free State Project". Archived from the original on 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  10. ^ Hill, A. J. (February 9, 1997). "On Libertarians". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Libertarianism in One Lesson By David Bergland Fifth Edition 1990 ..." DocSlides. June 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Winger, Richard (June 4, 2019). "David Bergland, RIP: 1984 Libertarian Party Candidate for President". Ballot Access News. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

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Preceded by Libertarian nominee for President of the United States
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