David F. Nolan, who co-founded the national Libertarian Party and helped guide it for four decades while remaining active in politics as a candidate, including a recent run for the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 66.
Nolan died in Tucson, where he lived, according to a statement released Friday by the party.
His vehicle was found off the side of a roadway on Saturday evening, and emergency crews had to break in to help him, the party said. He died in a hospital the next day of unknown causes.
Nolan helped found the Libertarian Party with a group of colleagues in Colorado on Dec. 11, 1971. He remained a member of the Libertarian National Committee until his death.
Libertarians espouse limited government intervention in the economy, civil liberties and personal freedom, arguing that government’s only role should be to help individuals protect themselves from force or fraud. The party pushes a non-interventional foreign policy and free trade.
"He not only helped found the Libertarian Party but remained active and helped to guide our party for the last 40 years," Mark Hinkle, chairman of the Libertarian Party, said in the statement. "We are now the third-largest political party in America, and one of the most persistent and successful third parties in American history, thanks in large part to David Nolan."