Jerome Tuccille

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Jerome Tuccille
Personal Details
Birth: May 30, 1937
Death: February 16, 2017(2017-02-16) (aged 79)
Severna Park, Maryland
Party: Free Libertarian Party of New York
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Jerome Joseph Tuccille (May 30, 1937—February 16, 2017) was a libertarian author and candidate. He was best known among libertarians as the author of the 1971 book It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand He was the first Libertarian Party candidate to run for Governor of New York in 1974. In 1977, he left the Libertarian Party and became a conservative.


Tuccille was born on May 30, 1937.

Tuccille was the author of the 1971 book It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, a humorous romp through the early libertarian movement with characters and their views exaggerated for comedic effect. He is also the author of the 1970 book Radical Libertarianism, and along with Murray Rothbard helped select the books reprinted in the Arno Press Right Wing Individualist Tradition in America series.

In 1974 he ran as the Free Libertarian Party of New York candidate for governor. Mr. Tuccille, when he ran for Governor, enrolled "advance" workers from the LP's Manhattan campaign headquarters, and those workers accompanied him to a few community centers, where he was usually the only gubernatorial candidate to address the assembled citizens. He was the first third-party candidate in NY history to run television ads. He received the endorsement of George F Will and also got an article in Newsweek.

However, by 1977 he had left the libertarian movement, announcing his departure with an article in the April 29, 1977 issue of National Review, "Goodbye Utopia - The Failure of Libertarianism", and began calling himself a conservative.

He has continued to write books including a number of biographies of successful people like Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan, the Gallo wine family, the Hunt family of Texas, and Rupert Murdoch. His 1999 book It Still Begins With Ayn Rand begins by picking up where It Usually Begins left off, and covers his 1974 Libertarian run for governor of New York, but the remainder of the book is a commentary on several U.S. presidents of the late 20th century and does not concern the libertarian movement after 1974.

His son, Jerry Tuccille, is a libertarian writer, blogger, and civil liberties activist and was the editor of and's civil liberties page.

Tuccille passed away on February 16, 2017 at his home in Severna Park, Maryland. [1]


1974 New York gubernatorial campaign

Tuccille was the Free Libertarian Party of New York's nominee for governor in 1974.


This list is known to be incomplete


[]Category: Candidates from the 1970s]]