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John A. Durkin

AKA John Anthony Durkin

Born: 29-Mar-1936
Birthplace: Brookfield, MA
Died: 16-Oct-2012
Location of death: Franklin, NH
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from New Hampshire, 1975-80

Military service: US Navy (1959-61)

Emerged the victor after a series of close elections against Rep. Louis C. Wyman in 1974, to replace Sen. Norris Cotton. Wyman won the original election by just 355 votes; Durkin demanded a recount, resulting in his victory by a margin of 10 votes. Wyman demanded another recount, and was found by the election commission to have won by just two votes. Cotton resigned on 31 December, and Wyman was appointed by Gov. Meldrim Thomson, Jr. to complete the last four days of his term for purposes of seniority. Wyman lobbied the case to the US Senate, and later agreed to a special election in late summer, which Durkin won.

    University: BA, College of the Holy Cross (1959)
    Law School: JD, Georgetown University Law Center (1965)

    US Senator, New Hampshire (16-Sep-1975 to 29-Dec-1980, resigned)
    US Senator, New Hampshire (3-Jan-1975 to 8-Aug-1975, seat declared vacant)
    New Hampshire State Official Insurance Commissioner (1968-73)
    New Hampshire State Official Asst. Attorney General (1967-68)
    New Hampshire State Official Staff, Office of the Attorney General (1966-68)
    Massachusetts Bar Association 1966
    New Hampshire Bar Association 1966


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