Tom Stevens
Personal details
Thomas Robert Stevens

New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 24, 2019(2019-10-24) (aged 62–63)
New York City, New York
Political partyObjectivist Party, Libertarian Party
Other political
Personal Freedom Party of New York
Libertarian Party (until 2013)
Boston Tea Party (until 2008)
Alma materNew York University
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
OccupationPolitical activist

Thomas Robert Stevens (1956 – October 23, 2019) was an American lawyer, politician, and blogger. He founded the Objectivist Party and served as its Chair.[1] Stevens was that party's nominee for President in the 2008 and 2012 United States Presidential elections.[2][3][4][5][6] He was the founder of the Personal Freedom Party of New York.[7] Additionally he was the President of the Beaux Arts Society, a position he cherished. With an interest in the arts, Dr. Stevens also was a play reviewer for Applause! Applause!.

Stevens founded the Objectivist Party on February 2, 2008, the anniversary of the birth of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand.[1]

Previously, he had served as president of The New York Young Republican Club during which time the club engaged in an internal feud.[8][9] He was indicted for attempting to hire a hit man,[10][11] but he was set up by political enemies, and the charges were dropped.[8]

He previously served as state chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania[12] and as an interim vice chairman of the political party Boston Tea Party.[13] In 2010, he announced the formation of the Personal Freedom Party of New York.[7] He was a Presidential Candidate as well.

He ran the blog site Rising Action, formerly known as Liberty Lion.

Stevens was a graduate of New York University and Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.[6]

Stevens died on October 24, 2019.[14]


  1. ^ a b Everson, Drew (February 11, 2009). "Column: Lack Of Information About Third Party Candidates Probably To Their Benefit". The Chronicle. CBS News. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Winger, Richard (August 23, 2008). "Objectivist Party Places Presidential Ticket on Florida Ballot". Ballot Access News. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Hoover, Tim (September 9, 2008). "Many presidential hopefuls on ballot". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Winger, Richard (December 19, 2008). "Libertarian Spin-Offs in 2008 Presidential Election". Ballot Access News. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Thomas Robert Stevens, Objectivist Party Candidate for President, Files Statement of Candidacy with Federal Election Commission". June 27, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Tom Stevens - 2008 & 2012 Objectivist Party Candidate for President". Objectivist Party official site. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Dr. Tom Stevens announces plans to form Personal Freedom Party in New York". Independent Political Report. November 10, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Bruder, Lisa (January 23, 2006). "Young Republicans Keep A Bitter Old Feud Alive". New York Observer. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "History". New York Republican Club website. 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "United States v. Stevens, 842 F. Supp. 96 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)". United States courts. 1994. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Maull, Samuel (October 6, 1983). "Young Republican official accused of hiring hit man". The Daily Gazette (AP story). p. B14.
  12. ^ "Tom Stevens Resigns As LPPA Chair; James Fryman Elected"
  13. ^ "Boston Tea Party Vice Chair Dr. Tom Stevens has resigned". Independent Political Report. July 7, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
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