Doris “Granny D” Haddock passes away

Doris Haddock with crownDoris “Granny D” Haddock died peacefully today in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old. Born in 1910 in Laconia, New Hampshire, she attended Emerson College and lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She was an activist for her community and for her country, remaining active until the return of chronic respiratory problems four days ago.

She walked across the United States at the age of 90 in the year 2000, in a successful effort to promote the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. In 2004, Granny D decided to challenge incumbent Senator Judd Gregg for his US Senate seat. She hoped to demonstrate that ordinary people can run for office and win with the support of small donations from individuals. Despite a shortened, grassroots campaign without the benefit of any advertising dollars, Granny D garnered an impressive 34% of the vote. During the past year five years, Granny D has traveled the country speaking about campaign finance reform and working on behalf of legislation for publicly-funded elections in New Hampshire.

In the 1960s, she and her husband, James Haddock, Sr., were instrumental in halting planned nuclear tests that would have destroyed a native fishing village and region in Alaska.

She raised two children, including the late Elizabeth Lawrenz of Washington D.C., and a son, Jim Haddock, who survives her and, with his wife, Libby, was at her side during many of her great adventures, including the final one today. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held this summer.

Listen to Granny D read some of her most memorable speeches.

Center-of-the-world-speech.mp3

End-of-walk-speech.mp3

Manchester-speech.mp3

Public-Funding-speech.mp3

Reform-Party-speech.mp3

SXSW-speech.mp3

Read some of Granny D’s speeches.

Fighting Bob

The Aftermath of 9–11

Austin, Texas

Capitol steps

Clarksburg, West Virginia YWCA

Graduation speech to the students of Franklin Pierce College

Address at Little Rock’s First Baptist Church

The Orchard House Speech

Seven Layer Cake

May 24, 2000 Court statement

Click here to view the full speech list
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