Benjamin Bubar Jr.

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Benjamin Calvin Bubar Jr. (June 17, 1917 – May 15, 1995), better known as Ben Bubar, was an ordained minister who was the youngest person ever to win election to the Maine House of Representatives at age 21 and served as the Prohibition Party's presidential candidate in 1976 and 1980 and was the last elected official to do so until James Hedges in 2016.[1]

Ben Bubar
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Benjamin Calvin Bubar Jr.

(1917-06-17)June 17, 1917
Blaine, Maine, U.S.
DiedMay 15, 1995(1995-05-15) (aged 77)
Waterville, Maine, Maine, U.S.
Political partyProhibition
Other political
Spouse(s)Virginia Ireland
MotherMary Louise Heal
FatherBenjamin Calvin Bubar Sr.
RelativesRachel Bubar Kelly (sister)


Benjamin Calvin Bubar Jr. was born in June 17, 1917 in Blaine, Maine to Benjamin Calvin Bubar Sr., who later served as a state legislator ran for governor of Maine in 1936 and received 5,862 votes, and Mary Louise Heal.[2] On February 14, 1946 he married Virginia Ireland and later had two children with her. In 1952 he moved to China, Maine and began working for the Maine Christian Civic League where he would serve as superintendent of from 1954 to 1984.[3]

During the 1976 and 1980 presidential elections he was the National Statesman Party's presidential nominee with Chairman Earl Dodge as his vice presidential running mate and is the most recent nominee to receive over 10,000 votes. He criticized Dodge's leadership of the party and blamed him for its decreased support in presidential elections due to his mismanagement of funds and possible theft which would eventually result in him being ousted as chairman in 2003.[4]

Bubar died on May 15, 1995 in Waterville, Maine from a heart attack after suffering from Parkinson's disease.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Prohibitionist July-August-September 2015" (PDF). Prohibition Party. Summer 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Barrows' Majority 43,000". The Burlington Free Press. 16 September 1936. p. 1. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Ben Bubar Prohibition Presidential Candidate in 1976 and 1980". Archived from the original on 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Ben Bubar: Prohibition Party National Candidate". Archived from the original on 15 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Benjamin Bubar". The Dispatch. 17 May 1995. p. 5. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019 – via
Party political offices
Preceded by
E. Harold Munn
Prohibition Party Presidential candidate
1976, 1980
Succeeded by
Earl F. Dodge