One Person Can Make A Difference: Granny D and Her Story

A Great Place For Granny D
Granny D On Her Farm What will you do for your final chapter of your life?

In my opinion, Doris "Granny D" Haddock was the greatest American alive in this century and the nation's oldest political newcomer in 2004. She was an inspiration to all Americans that one person can make a Difference. Her story should be told in all history and political science classrooms.

A former housewife and office assistant, Doris was retired for over twenty years, but when her husband died in 1994 and then her best lifelong friend in 1998, she needed a reason to live. So at the age of 89 on January 1, 1999, she laced up her sneakers and walked across America to rally against the influence of big money elections during the 2000 elections. Her epic journey galvanized popular attention to a political system gone awry. In city after city she gave her message. It took her almost one and half years to make the journey from Pasadena, California to Washington D.C. where she then lobbied the politician by walking day and night around the Nation's Capitol Building. She made it to her 100th birthday and passed away in 2010. Her body laid in state in the rotanda of the New Hampshire State Capitol for a week before her funeral. Everyone in New Hampshire knew Granny D

After this incredible feat in 2003 she went on a 13,000 mile nationwide tour to help local citizens to register to vote for the 2004 elections. For Doris the walk and voter registration drive was a warm up. Then at 94 and still fed up with politics as usual, she jumps at an unexpected chance to run for U.S. Senate against two time incumbent Judd Gregg and former governor of New Hampshire in the summer of 2004. Of course she walked from town to town to campaign. However, her worst nightmare was that she had to debate the incumbent on statewide television just before the election. Doris only began public speaking in 1999 and had never before been in a debate. If a 94 year old woman can do a public debate for the first time, certainly every American youth could learn to deliver a speech.

Granny D oin the Campaign Trail

Run Granny Run DVD Cover

The first documentary about her Walk is title "Granny Goes to Washington". It was shown on PBS before the second documentary was completed in 2006. This 76 minute film, "Run Granny Run", has been shown for the last three years on HBO. This talk will show some of the scenes from both films plus a few deleted scenes which are included on the HBO DVD.

Purchase DVD: Run Granny Run   2:12 Clip from Documentary  HBO Trailer

Purchase DVD: Granny D Goes to Washington   Documentary Trailer

Before she passed in 2010, Granny D in 2009 and 99 years old would speak to any audience via a phone connection. At several of my presentations she would speak the last 15 minutes for questions and answers. For more information visit:

Granny D Links

Her Book Site

HBO's Run Granny Run Web Site

Some Videos of Recent Speeches

Granny D: The American Velvet Revolution 49:12    Dec 9, 2006 The Official Granny D Page    includes in the 4:36 video clip the SNUB by Howard Dean, DNC Chair, in 2004
Granny D 2006 3:09
Fighting Bob Fest 2007 Interview 2:04
Granny D Speech 2008 9:45
99th Birthday News Report
Part 2 9:13
Granny D -42 minutes Ohio

Buy Her Book

Granny D: You're Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell (Paperback)

The Polical Commercial Only a Few Saw

This commercial was made for Doris "Granny D." Haddock's United States Senate candidacy. Her campaign team was able to raise enough money for only one media buy. The commercial played just once, on the 6 o'clock news, the night before the election.

Play Commercial on International Museum of Women Web Site of Granny D

Listen to Some of Her Speeches

South by Southwest Film Festival March 11, 2007
Center of World Speech
Reform Party Speech
Manchester (not posted 21/31/08)
End of the Walk (not posted 21/31/08)
Public Funding (not posted 21/31/08)