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David Bergland (1935-2019) in 1976. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Born David Peter Bergland
(1935-Template:MONTHNUMBER-04)4, 1935
Mapleton, Iowa, U.S.
Died 3, 2019(2019-Template:MONTHNUMBER-03) (aged 83)
Alma mater Long Beach City College
University of California, Los

University of Southern California
Predecessor Steve Dasbach
Successor Jim Lark
Political party Libertarian
Spouse(s) Sharon Ayres

David Peter Bergland (June 4, 1935 - June 3, 2019) was an American politician, who was the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 1984.


Bergland was born in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Gwendolyn (McCalman) and Cedores P. Bergland.[1]

A resident of California and a lawyer, Bergland ran unsuccessfully for office several times, always as a Libertarian. He also served as the party's national chair from 1977 to 1981 and from 1998 to 2000.

In 1974, he ran as a write-in candidate for California Attorney General.

He received the party's vice-presidential nomination in the 1976 presidential election, sharing the ticket with Roger MacBride.[2] The MacBride/Bergland ticket received 172,553 votes (0.2%).

In 1978, Bergland ran for California state senate district 36, receiving 5.8% of the vote to finish 3rd out of the 3 candidates on the ballot.[3]

At the 1983 Libertarian National Convention, Bergland won the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 1984 presidential election,[4][5][6][7] Bergland and his running mate, Jim Lewis, received 228,111 votes (0.3%).

In 1980, Bergland ran for the United States Senate, finishing 3rd of 5 with 202,410 votes (2.4%).

In the early 1980s Bergland wrote a book on libertarian philosophy, Libertarianism in One Lesson,[8] which he used as a campaign book for his 1984 presidential run.

Bergland also managed the 2000 Libertarian presidential campaign of Harry Browne.

He endorsed the Free State Project in January of 2006.[9]

Bergland died on June 3, 2019, one day short of his 84th birthday, after a bout with prostate cancer.[10]



In the 1980s Bergland wrote a book, Libertarianism in One Lesson,[11] which explained the libertarian philosophy and touched on issues including government as an instrument 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.[12]



David Bergland at Libertarian Party convention

  • Libertarianism in One Lesson. Costa Mesa, CA: Orpheus, 1984; 8th edition, 2000; 9th edition, Cartersville, GA: Advocates for Self-Government, 2005.[13]


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  2. Associated Press (June 15, 1976). "Libertarian Party Confirms Its Presidential Campaign". The New York Times.
  3. "JoinCalifornia - 11-07-1978 Election".
  4. David Bergland - Libertarian Template:Webarchive, Advocates for Self-Government
  5. Greiner, John (April 9, 1984). "United Sovereign, Libertarian Votes Pursued in State".
  6. Reid, T.R. (September 4, 1983). "Libertarians Pick Candidate For President". The Washington Post.
  7. Goodman, Walter (September 28, 1984). "Libertarian Asking Less Government". The New York Times.
  8. Hill, A. J. (February 9, 1997). "On Libertarians". Chicago Tribune.
  9. "David Bergland's endorsement of the Free State Project". Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  10. Winger, Richard (June 4, 2019). "David Bergland, RIP: 1984 Libertarian Party Candidate for President". Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  11. Hill, A. J. (February 9, 1997). "On Libertarians". Chicago Tribune.
  12. "LIBERTARIANISM IN ONE LESSON By David Bergland Fifth Edition 1990 ...". June 21, 2016.
  13. Search results = au:David Bergland, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 8, 2019.

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