Doris "Granny D" Haddock
(January 24, 1910) was an American political activist
from New Hampshire
. Haddock achieved national fame when, between the ages of 88 and 90, starting on January 1, 1999 and culminating on February 29, 2000, she walked over 3,200 miles across the continental United States
to advocate for campaign finance reform
. In 2004, she ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic
challenger to incumbent Republican Judd Gregg
for the U.S. Senate
Haddock's walk across the country followed a southern route and took more than a year to complete, starting on January 1, 1999, in southern California
and ending in Washington D.C.
on February 29, 2000.
Haddock requested a name change
of her middle name
to "Granny D," the name by which she had long been known. On August 19, 2004, Haddock's request was officially granted by Judge John Maher during a hearing at the Cheshire County probate court
Ethel Doris Rollins
was born in Laconia, New Hampshire
. She attended Emerson College
in Boston, Massachusetts
, for three years before marrying James Haddock. Emerson students were not allowed to marry at that time, so she was kicked out of college and awarded an honorary degree
in 2000 instead.
After marrying, she started a family; she had son, James Jr., and daughter Betty. She worked during the Great Depression
and was employed for twenty... Read More