Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tonie Nathan, 1923-2014


Theodora "Tonie" Nathan was the first woman -- and the first Jew -- to receive an electoral vote in a US presidential election.

Not Geraldine Ferraro. Not Joe Lieberman. Tonie Nathan.

She was selected as John Hospers' running mate at the Libertarian Party's first national convention in 1972. Virginia Republican elector Roger MacBride -- who later changed his partisan affiliation to Libertarian and was that party's 1976 presidential nominee -- cast his vote for Hospers/Nathan instead of for Nixon/Agnew.

She died  Thursday at the age of 91. Here's a local Oregon story on her life and death.

[cross-posted from Independent Political Report]

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