Prohibition Party candidate for President in 2016
Jim Hedges is an Iowa farm boy, a public high school graduate, married with 3 step-children and an adopted daughter. He was born in Iowa City on 10 May 1938, the eldest child of Robert and Margaret Ayres Hedges.
He was a professional tuba player, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in musical performance from the University of Iowa. He served 20 years in The United States Marine Band, playing music in and around our Nation’s capital.
He also has been a professional science writer and editor, with a Master’s Degree in geography from the University of Maryland. He has had original research published in Europe and in South America, as well as in the United States; for 11 years he was Editor-in-Chief of the National Speleological Society Bulletin, the world’s most widely circulated journal on the science of caves.
Since retiring from the Marine Band, Hedges has been a community volunteer – running a recycling program, leading a 4-H club, volunteering with The Salvation Army, helping organize a Friends of the Library. Most recently, he is curator of the print shop at a living history museum.
Hedges prides himself on being an agitator, and the most important thing he agitates for is the Prohibition Party. He was a founding member of the Partisan Prohibition Historical Society and represented it many times at meetings of the National Temperance and Prohibition Council. He serves on the board of the Prohibition Trust Fund Association. He was elected on the Prohibition ticket and served 2 terms as Township Assessor. His “Camel Press” has issued many pieces of Prohibition Party literature. He has spent the past 15 years collecting the history of the Prohibition Party and posting it on the internet (www.prohibitionists.org).
Jim and his wife Carolyn live quietly in rural Fulton County, Pennsylvania.
Thompson Township, Fulton County
Hedges is now 78 and has been active in community organizations and in local issues. This is his first elective office.
Hedges has degrees in musical performance (BA-Iowa) and in geography (MA - Maryland). He is a retired member of the United States Marine Band, Washington, DC and a former editor of The National Speleological Society Bulletin. He is listed in "Who's Who in US Writers, Editors, and Poets," and in the "International Directory of Private Presses (Letterpress)." He was Fulton County's first recycling coordinator and was twice named "Outstanding Individual Recycler" by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. He covered local government for weekly newspapers 1990-2000
Hedges' Prohibition Party activities include appointments as delegate to annual meetings of the National Temperance and Prohibition Council, being a charter member (and currently Secretary) of the Partisan Prohibition Historical Society, a re-incorporator of the National Prohibition Foundation, and public relations work. He became interested in the Prohibition Party when in high school, after reading some newspaper publicity.
District Justice Carol Jean Johnson swears in newly elected Thompson Township Tax Assessor James Hedges, the first Prohibition Party office-holder of the 21st century.
Hedges is the first Prohibition Party candidate elected to any office since 1959. He is believed to be the first Prohibition Party candidate elected in Pennsylvania since the 1940s. In 2005, he was re-elected to an additional 4-year term.
Jim and his wife Carolyn live quietly in rural Fulton County.
This is not my button, but it's provenance is unknown. The style is
mid-20th Century. Possibly, it was issued by John C. Hedges, who ran
for office in Massachusetts in 1964, 1966, and 1970.
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,
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