Rutherford Decker

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Rutherford Losey Decker (May 27, 1904 – September 21, 1972) was an American politician who was a longtime member and a Presidential nominee of Prohibition Party in 1960, and the President of the National Association of Evangelicals from 1946 to 1948.[1]

Decker was born in Elmira, New York.[2] He was a missionary at the American Baptist Home Mission Society, and preached in Fort Morgan, Colorado and in Denver, Colorado.[2] He also preached at the Temple Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, until he retired in the 1960s.[2][3]

A lifelong resident of Missouri, he was nominated for President with party chairman Earle Harold Munn as his running-mate.

Decker and Munn finished fifth with 46,203 (0.07%) votes (and not one electoral vote). Munn succeeded Decker as a presidential nominee in 1964. They appeared on ballots in 11 states: Alabama, Delaware, Michigan, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Kansas, Indiana and Montana. Decker and Munn did not receive over 1% of the vote in any of these states.

He died in September 1972 at the age of 68.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

United States presidential election, 1960[edit]


Preceded by
Leslie Roy Marston
President of the National Association of Evangelicals
Succeeded by
Stephen W. Paine
Party political offices
Preceded by
Enoch A. Holtwick
Prohibition Party Presidential nominee
1960 (lost)
Succeeded by
Earle Harold Munn