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American Party of the United States
ChairmanBruce Williams
FoundedFebruary 1, 1969
Split fromAmerican Independent Party
Political positionRight-wing

The American Party of the United States is a conservative political party in the United States. The party adheres to its Permanent Principles, which were established in 1969.

The party began as part of the American Independent Party, supporters of George Wallace's 1968 campaign for the presidency, and was the formal name of the party on the ballot in Tennessee. In 1969, the AIP became the American Party at a convention attended by representatives from 37 states. Following the 1972 election, the American Party formally split from the American Independent Party. Both parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices, although the AIP has in more recent years considered itself a California affiliate of the Constitution Party. In New York, the American Party ran a state ticket in 1974 under the name of Courage Party, because a state law there prohibits the use of the word "American" on the ballot. The American Party won its strongest finish in the 1972 presidential election; nominee John G. Schmitz carried 1,090,673 votes (3rd place).

In 1990 some former members of the American party founded the Christian Party.[1]

The American Party has failed to achieve ballot status in any state since 1996. The party's website disappeared sometime in 2008. In 2010 the Ohio party endorsed several Libertarian Party candidates.

The party had a Florida affiliate, the American Party of Florida, that appeared to carry on operations into June 2011, but became defunct after that and no longer is listed as a political party in Florida.

In 2015, the party created a new website; a Twitter account and Facebook page were also created. The American Party is now formally known as the "American Party of the United States", and disclaims any association with the "American Party of South Carolina", the "Independent American Party", or the "American Party of America".

Presidential and vice-presidential candidates

Electoral History of the American Party

American Party National Campaigns
Year Convention Site & City Dates Presidential nominee Vice-Pres. nominee Votes
1968 George C. Wallace (Alabama) Curtis LeMay (Ohio) 9,901,151
1972 Freedom Hall,
Louisville, Kentucky
August 3–5, 1972 U.S. Rep. John G. Schmitz (California) Thomas J. Anderson (Tennessee) 1,090,673
1976 Salt Palace,
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 16–20, 1976 Thomas J. Anderson (Tennessee) Rufus E. Shackleford (Florida) 160,773
1980 Pasadena, California December 8–9, 1979 Percy L. Greaves, Jr. (New York) Frank L. Varnum (California) 6,648
Anti-Greaves ticket in Kansas Frank W. Shelton (Kansas) George E. Jackson 1,555
Unpledged Anti-Greaves
Presidential Electors in Minnesota
No nominee No nominee 6,136
1984 Charlotte, North Carolina December 1–3, 1983 Delmar Dennis (Tennessee) Traves Brownlee (Delaware) 13,161
1988 Salt Lake City, Utah June 1987 Delmar Dennis (Tennessee) Earl Jeppson 3,475
1992 Pensacola, Florida June 1992 Robert J. Smith (Utah) Doris Feimer (North Dakota) 292
1996 Wichita, Kansas March 1996 Diane Beall Templin (California) Gary Van Horn (Utah) 1,847
2000 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma March 30–31, 2000 Don Rogers (California) Al Moore (Virginia) 0
2004 Bob Carpenter Center Newark, Delaware July 11–12, 2003 Robert N. Boyd (Indiana) (withdrew) Walton C. Thompson (withdrew) 0
Kenner, Louisiana January 10, 2004 Diane Beall Templin (California) Al Moore (Virginia) 0
2008 Jacaranda Hotel,
Avon Park, Florida
March 7–8, 2008 Diane Beall Templin (California) Linda Patterson (Indiana) 0
2016 Kansas City, Missouri May 6–7, 2016 Tom Hoefling (Iowa) Steve Schulin (South Carolina)

Sources for table:

See also


  1. ^ Dennis, Delmar "The American Party" Contra Mundum Volume 4 (Summer 1992), pages 46-47.