"Granny D," the Dublin resident who walked cross country in 10 years ago to protest the influence of big money in elections, died Tuesday, state Democrats said.
Doris Haddock, who turned 100 on Jan. 24, died at her home Tuesday night, said spokesman Maude Salinger.
Salinger, who is also a family friend, says Haddock died of chronic respiratory illness. She died in the presence of her son, daughter-in-law, grand children and great-grandchildren.
"Today is a sad day for New Hampshire and for the country," said state Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley.
"Doris 'Granny D' Haddock always stood for Granite State values. ... Her commitment to fair and open democracy should inspire us all to work even harder for reform."
A diminutive but fiesty grandmother, Granny D appeared on the political scene Jan. 1, 1999, when she started a cross-country walk to protest the influence of big money in politics. She walked 10 miles a day for 14 months.
"I walked as a pilgrim," she said during an interview shortly before her 100th birthday, "Walking until given shelter, fasting until given food. But I did not do it alone. There were people who would walk with me all day. People who would lead me at night. And there were times I walked alone."
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My mom told me about this the other day. I was very upset to hear about her passing. She was a hero of mine for her persistent political activism in a time when most people my age are content to just sit on the couch and do nothing, while this little old lady is campaigning for the causes that mattered to her most by walking across the entire country.
I went to high school in Dublin, NH, the same podunk town from which she hailed, and I had the pleasure of meeting her on two separate occasions - once after she came and gave a speech at the school auditorium in 2002-ish, and again outside Dublin town hall on Election Day 2004 (the school gave us the option of either going to class that day, or campaigning for the candidate of our choice outside town hall - guess which one I chose). She was just the sweetest little old lady, yet still sharp as a tack even in her nineties.
Rest in peace, Granny D. You were a kind and noble soul and will truly be missed.