Clyde Duffy Papers, 1911-1973
Primary Creator: Duffy, F. Clyde (1890-1977)
Extent: 6.75 Linear Feet
The Clyde Duffy Papers date from 1911-1973, and consist mainly of correspondence. Duffy was an active member of the North Dakota Republican Party, and this is reflected in the large amount of political correspondence in the collection. Also included is correspondence, reports, and legal materials related to his service as a Special Investigator appointed by Governor John Moses. Other materials include several folders containing the text of his speeches, legal materials, and a 1973 autobiography entitled “Observations Along the Way.”
The collection was reprocessed in January 2005; material housed in Boxes 5 and 6 was rearranged and placed into acid-free folders. Researchers should note that some material which was listed as being housed in these two boxes was not found when the collection was reprocessed. The material in question consisted mainly of various political pamphlets collected by Duffy.
Several publications were separated and added to the North Dakota Book Collection. This includes four editions of The Red Flame, as well as several publications of the United States Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections. From 1941 and 1942, this committee investigated claims the Langer was not entitled to his Senate seat due to misconduct “as a public officer and as an attorney at law.” The committee ultimately recommended that Langer should not be seated, although the entire Senate voted 52-30 to seat Langer.
F. Clyde Duffy was born on March 20, 1890, in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He was the son of Maurice and Margaret (Flood) Duffy. He graduated from Devils Lake High School, before entering the University of North Dakota. While at UND, Duffy was active in the A.D.T. Literary Society, the University Catholic Association, the Varsity Bachelor Club, the Bruce Law Club, and the Debating Board of Control. He also represented the University at two international debates with the University of Manitoba in 1910 and 1911. He graduated from UND with a Bachelor of Laws degree on June 12, 1912.
Duffy acted as city editor of the Grand Forks Herald in 1913, before opening a law firm with Torger Sinness in Minnewaukan, North Dakota. He married Exzelia Beauchamp in Fargo on September 11, 1915. The couple had two daughters: Margaret and Patricia.
Sinness and Duffy moved their law firm to Devils Lake in 1925. He served as Special Assistant Attorney General from 1925-1930, and was appointed by North Dakota Governor John Moses in 1939 to investigate irregularities at the State Hospital for the Insane, the Motor Vehicle Registration Department, and the State Mill and Elevator. Duffy also acted as Code Commissioner from 1939-1944, and as the City Attorney for Devils Lake for many years.
Duffy was an active member of the Republican party, and served as precinct committee, chair of the Ramsey County Republican Committee, and member of the state Republican Central Committee. He was also a representative to the 1936 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He was elected to the North Dakota Senate in 1948, serving until 1956. He acted as minority floor leader in 1953 and 1955, before being elected as Lieutenant Governor in 1956. In 1958, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for United States Senator versus the incumbent William Langer.
Duffy was the Director of the Otter Tail Power Company, the Ramsey National Bank, and the Northern National Insurance Company. He served as President of the North Dakota Bar Association, in addition to being active with the Kiwanis, the Knights of Columbus, and the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Duffy retired in 1970, and died on December 17, 1977, in Santa Clara, California. He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Devils Lake.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Method: Donation; The acquisition records are unavailable
Several publications were separated and added to the North Dakota Book Collection:
The Red Flame: volume 1, numbers 1, 3, 4, and 5
Hearing Before the Committee on Privileges and Elections, United States Senate, on the Protest by Various Citizens of North Dakota to the Seating of William Langer, as a Senator from the State of North Dakota. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1941.
Report and Memorandum of Information Submitted to the Committee on Privileges and Elections, United States Senate, on the Protest by Various Citizens of North Dakota to the Seating of William Langer, as a Senator from the State of North Dakota. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1941.
Report of the Committee on Privileges and Elections on the Various Citizens of the State of North Dakota to the Seating of William Langer, as a Senator from the State of North Dakota. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1942.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Clyde Duffy Papers. OGLMC 52, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in April 2014.
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- Folder 1: North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Official Magazine: January 1958
- Folder 2: North Dakota Wheat
- Folder 3: Oil Production and Development in North Dakota
- Folder 4: Our Taxes and the Cost of Our State Government, Joint Campaign Committee
- Folder 5: Pembina: North Dakota’s Oldest Settlement
- Folder 6: Pinkerton Detective Agency Report to North Dakota Governor John Miller on the Effort Made to Legalize the Louisiana Lottery
- Folder 7: Prospectus, Great Life Investment Company: May 1959
- Folder 8: The Public Dollar: Chamber of Commerce of the United States, 1931 and 1932
- Folder 9: Remarks of Hon. George M. Young of North Dakota in the House of Representatives: 1923
- Folder 10: Report of the North Dakota Budget Board: Biennium, 1939-1941
- Folder 11: Report of the North Dakota Legislative Committee: 1953
- Folder 12: The Roosevelt Record in Red!, Republican National Committee: 1940
- Folder 13: Socialism and Religion, Republican Headquarters, Fargo
- Folder 14: Social Science Course of Study, Grade Four, Devils Lake Public Schools
- Folder 15: State Bar Association of North Dakota: 1940-1956
- Folder 16: State Mill and Elevator Audit Report: 1938
- Folder 17: State of North Dakota Directory: 1921-1937
- Folder 18: A Volume of Truth in Words and Pictures by Theo G. Nelson
- Folder 19: Vote Right on June 30th
- Folder 20: Voter’s Guide, Joint Campaign Committee, Fargo
- Folder 21: Water Resources Development Program, North Dakota State Water Commission
- Folder 22: What Have North Dakota State Industries Done for You?, Independent Voters Association, Bismarck
- Folder 23: Why Did the Attorney General Whitewash the Crooked Insurance Claim at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium?, by Otto R. Vold
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