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John W. Aiken (died December 14, 1968) was an American furniture finisher and socialist activist from Chelsea, Massachusetts. Aiken was the vice-presidential and presidential nominee of the Socialist Labor Party of America.[1]

In 1932, Aiken was the vice-presidential nominee of the SLP alongside Verne L. Reynolds.

In 1936, Aiken was named to the top of the ticket with Emil F. Teichert as the party's nominee for vice president. The Aiken/Teichert campaign received 12,799 votes.

In 1940, Aiken was again named SLP presidential nominee. Aaron M. Orange of New York was the SLP choice for vice president. The Aiken/Orange ticket received 14,883 votes.

Aiken died on December 14, 1968. He was a resident of a mobile home park in East Hartford, Connecticut. His neighbors were unaware that Aiken had ever been involved in politics. He had six children and served in the United States Army's Motor Transport Corps during World War I. He was also active in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. He requested no obituaries after his death.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Time Capsule: A Modest Radical Seeks the White House". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
Preceded by
Verne L. Reynolds
Socialist Labor Party Presidential candidate
1932, 1936, 1940
Succeeded by
Edward A. Teichert