Symon Gould

Symon Gould

Symon Gould (died November 24, 1963) was the founder of the American Vegetarian Party, formed in 1948. He was their candidate for President of the United States in the 1960 and 1964 presidential elections.

Gould was also secretary of the Vegetarian Society of New York, and a promoter of Herbert M. Shelton's American Natural Hygiene Society (Iacobbo 158, 161).

He was a bibliophile, rare book dealer, and director of the American Library Service.[1][2]

Gould had also been the founder of the International Film Arts Guild in New York. According to one account, he edited the American print of the silent film Nosferatu (Skal 2004:149). Gould is credited with boosting the "art house theater" (or "little cinema") movement by his screenings at the Cameo Theatre in New York (Melnick and Fuchs 2004:69).


  • Chuck Fries and Irv Wilson (2003). We'll Never Be Young Again: Remembering the Last Days of John F. Kennedy ISBN 1-931290-51-2
  • Karen Iacobbo (2004). Vegetarian America : A History ISBN 0-275-97519-3
  • Ross Melnick and Adrea Fuchs (2004). Cinema Treasures: A New Look at Classic Movie Theaters ISBN 0-7603-1492-6
  • David J. Skal (2004). Hollywood Gothic : The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen ISBN 0-571-21158-5
Preceded by
Herbert M. Shelton
American Vegetarian Party Presidential candidate
1960 (lost), 1964 (lost)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Daniel J. Murphy
American Vegetarian Party Vice Presidential candidate
1952 (lost), 1956 (lost)
Succeeded by
Chistopher Gian-Cursio