The American Party
is a conservative party in the United States. Originally called the American Independent Party
, it was renamed in 1969 by representatives from 37 states. Following the 1972 election, the American Party split from the American Independent Party
. Both of the parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices, although the AIP has considered itself a California
affiliate of the Constitution Party
. In New York
, the 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 1976 presidential election; nominee Tom Anderson carried 161,000 votes (6th place).
In 1990, a small number of members of the party began The Christian Party, whose membership reportedly grew at a faster rate, but ultimately nothing came of it.Dennis, Delmar "The American Party" Contra Mundum
Volume 4 (Summer 1992), pages 46-47.
The American Party has not achieved ballot status in any state since 1996.
Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates
Sources for table:
- Ohio Elects the President (2000), pp. 143–174.
- James T. Havel, U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections, vol. 2