MacBride inherited Lane’s estate including rights to the substantial Ingalls-Wilder literary estate
, including the “Little House on the Prairie
He is the author of record of three additional “Little House” books, and began the “Rocky Ridge Years” series of children’s novels
, describing Lane’s Ozark
He published two books onconstitutional law
– The American Electoral College
and Treaties versus the Constitution
as well as a Libertarian Party manifesto
– A New Dawn for America: The Libertarian Challenge
In the 1970s, MacBride co-created the television series Little House on the Prairie
and served as a co-producer for the show.
MacBride was the treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia
in 1972 and one of the party’s electors when Richard Nixon
won the popular vote for his second term as President of the United States.
MacBride, however, as a “faithless elector
“, voted for the nominees of the Libertarian Party – presidential candidate John Hospers
and vice-presidential candidate Tonie Nathan
. In so doing, MacBride made Nathan the first woman in U.S. history to receive an electoral vote.
Political pundit David Boaz
later commented inLiberty
magazine that MacBride was “faithless to Nixon and Agnew
, anyway, but faithful to the constitutional
principles Rose Wilder Lane had instilled in him.”
After casting his historical electoral vote in 1972,
MacBride instantly gained favor within the fledgling Libertarian Party, which had only begun the previous year.
As the Libertarian presidential nominee in 1976,
he achieved ballot access in 32 states;
he and his running mate
, David Bergland
received 172,553 (0.21%) popular votes by official count, and no electoral votes
. His best performance was in Alaska
, where he received 6,785 votes, or nearly 5.5%.
MacBride rejoined the Republican Party in the 1980s and helped establish the Republican Liberty Caucus
, a group promoting libertarian
principles within the Republican Party.
He chaired this group from 1992 until his death in 1995.
MacBride died of heart failure on March 5, 1995.
A controversy ensued upon his death when the local library in Mansfield, Missouri
, contended that Wilder’s original will
gave her daughter ownership of the literary estate for her lifetime only, and that all rights were to revert to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Library after her death.
The ensuing court case was settled in an undisclosed manner, but MacBride’s heirs
retained the rights.