Howard Lydick is an all-lines insurance adjuster living in Richardson,
Texas. Lydick has long been active in the temperance movement as a Methodist
layman. He organized and currently serves as Chairman of the Independent
Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists.
Lydick told The Prohibitionist that he was aware of
the Prohibition Party as a college student in the early 1950s but dropped
out of politics after graduation in order to marry and to pursue a career.
He was invited into our Party by national chairman Earl F. Dodge in 1995
and since then has worked closely with us via the National Temperance
and Prohibition Council. Lydick has been President of the NTPC since 1996.
Then-national Chairman Earl F. Dodge appointed Lydick to
be a Prohibition National Committeeman for the state of Texas in 1999.
Lydick was recommended to be Vice-Chairman of the PNC by participants
in the Lakewood meeting in June, 2003, but he was passed over by the national
convention in September and subsequently said he was not interested in
continuing as National Committeeman for Texas.
Howard Lydick was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1929, the
son of Clarence and Rachel Long Lydick. He attended the public schools
there and earned an Arts Batchelor degree from The University of Wichita
in 1951. A two-year hitch in the Army followed. Lydick entered law school
in 1953, graduating from the University of Kansas Law School in 1956.
Lydick married Eleanor Beling following graduation, and
the couple settled in Richardson, Texas. Lydick made a career in Richardson
as an all-lines insurance adjuster. They had two children, a son Daniel
and a daughter Marian.. Mrs. Lydick died in 1993.
Mr. Lydick said that his job, if elected to the position
of Vice-Chairman of the PNC, would be that of encouraging the other PNC
members to become more active in what they are doing.
The Prohibition Party has the apparatus to be much stronger
than it is at this time, Lydick told The Prohibitionist. The problem,
as I see it, is that we have been beaten down for so long that most of
our active members have failed to recognize the change in public opinion
that has occurred in the past ten years.
There have been three waves of prohibition in The United
States, Lydick continued.
Were seeing the start of the fourth wave. People need to
take advantage of this change in public opinion and go to work. We need
to stop crying over the loss of the Eighteenth Amendment and get to work
to bring it back.
Otis Lydick, Howard Lydick's grandfather, voted for adoption
of the Eighteenth Amendment as a Kansas state legislator.
Howard Lydick, the grandson, was an active Republican for
over 50 years, before becoming disillusioned with the Republican Party
and switching his allegiance to Prohibition. He believes he has acquired
much useful experience during those years which he can now use to benefit
the Prohibition Party.
For example, says Lydick, as legal counsel for the Dallas
County Young Republicans in 1961, he successfully sued to force rural
counties in Texas to provide enclosed voting booths - an old statutory
requirement left unenforced for 40 years.
He has been admitted to the practice of law in Kansas, in Texas, and before
the United States Supreme Court.
Lydick was chairman of his United Methodist Church Conference
Committee on Temperance and General Welfare from 1960 until 1964. He was
a charter member of the Dallas Area Historical Roads Society.
The coming campaign
Lydick began campaigning for the nomination for Vice-President
in July, going back to his home-town of Wichita to seek interviews with
the news media. One brief mention was published in the ______. He worked
closely with National Prohibitionist editor Jim Hedges to prepare this
article (published in ______ and revised for the website in January, 2004).
He arranged with the sponsors of the September, 2003 convention at Fairfield
Glade, Tennessee to take part in a rally after the convention, in preparation
for filing ballot petitions in Tennessee; his proposed running-mate, Earl
F. Dodge, subsequently order Lydick not to participate, and the rally
Lydick worked to inform himself about election laws in the
ten states with the easiest ballot access laws and to encourage PNC members
to do their best to meet ballot access requirements for the Prohibition
Ticket in those states.