#104: "Granny D" Doris Haddock


Granny D Haddock(The photo is a face shot of Granny D Haddock. She is an elderly woman with a mischievous look on her face and a large hat.)

Granny D. Haddock was born Ethel Doris Rollins in 1910 in New Hampshire. She attended Emerson College for three years, then quit when she married. She and her husband started their family during the Great Depression, and Granny D (then just Doris) worked in a shoe factory for 20 years.

In the early 1960s, Doris and her husband agitated against nuclear testing in Alaska. After a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's, her husband died.

In the mid-1990s, Doris became involved in the movement for campaign finance reform. On January 1, 1999, she embarked on a legendary walk of support for reform, leaving the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and walking every day for 14 months. She walked about ten miles per day, at total of over 3,200 miles, and made speeches along the way, ending in Washington, D.C. When she arrived in D.C., Doris, now widely known as Granny D, was 90 years old.

In 2004, Granny D ran for United States Senate in New Hampshire. At 94, she was one of the oldest people ever to run for Congress. She lost.

Granny D has published two books and been the subject of a documentary, "Run Granny Run," about her Senate campaign.

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