Representative John L. Duffy View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 9/24/1969
Birth Place: Dubuque, Iowa
Birth County: Dubuque
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 52 (1947) - 53 (1949)
56 (1955) - 62 (1967)
Home County: Dubuque
John L. Duffy
Dubuque County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable John L. Duffy, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

John L. Duffy was born May 22, 1899, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Thomas H. and Mary E. Duffy, who served as chairman of the Dubuque County Central Committee of the Democratic Party for about thirty years. He was graduated from Columbia College (now Loras) and the Notre Dame law school.

He married Antoinnette M. Freisinger in 1922 and to this union was born a daughter and two sons.

Mr. Duffy, a Democrat, served nine terms in the Iowa General Assembly. He drat entered the legislature in 1947, but dropped out four years later to take over the county attorney’s post in Dubuque, which he held in the 1930’s. He returned to Des Moines in 1955 and successfully sought re­election every two years until 1968. Mr. Duffy became famed for his speeches in the House on St. Patrick’s Day, during which he lauded the accomplishments of noted Irishmen.

Mr. Duffy was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Bar Association, the Dubuque County Bar Association, St. Columbkill’s Church and the Marquette Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Mr. Duffy passed away on September 24, 1969. He is survived by his widow, Antoinnette of Dubuque; two sons, Thomas J. and Roger of Dubuque; a daughter, Mrs. Sheila Casey, Engelwood, California; two grandchildren, and a brother, Professor Charles J. Duffy of Akron, Ohio.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-third General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable John L. Duffy, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his services, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.