Gavan Duffy

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Charles Gavan Duffy (November 2, 1874 – March 14, 1958) was a lawyer, judge and political figure on Prince Edward Island.[1] He represented 5th Queens in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1920 to 1923 as a Liberal and served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island.[1][2]

He was born in Kinkora, Prince Edward Island, the son of James Duffy and Elizabeth Smith.[1][2] After completing high school in 1891,[3] Duffy attended Prince of Wales College and earned his teaching licence.[2] After teaching school in Tracadie and Tignish, Duffy returned to school, attending Saint Dunstan's College.[1][2] Duffy articled with Walter Morson and was called to the bar in 1903.[1][3] The firm later came to be known as Morson and Duffy.[2] Duffy was named King's Counsel in 1921.[1]

Duffy was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the provincial assembly in 1915.[1] He ran again, successfully, in the 1919 provincial election.[2][3] He served as speaker from 1920 to 1923.[1][2] Duffy ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1923 and 1927.[1]

On February 25, 1930, Duffy was appointed as a judge of the Prince Edward Island County Court, sitting in Queens County.[1][2][3] Duffy retired from the court on November 2, 1949.[2]

In 1906, he married Ethel Mary Eden. A Roman Catholic, Duffy was a member of the Knights of Columbus, at one time holding the post of Grand Master.[2][3] Duffy died in Charlottetown on March 14, 1958.[2] His grandson is Canadian senator and former journalist Mike Duffy.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Weeks, Blair (2002). Minding the House: A Biographical Guide to Prince Edward Island MLAs. Acorn Press. ISBN 1-894838-01-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Judge C.G. Duffy Died in City Hospital Yesterday". Charlottetown Guardian. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 1958-03-15. p. 14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Greene, B. M. (1948). Who's Who in Canada 1947 - 48: An Illustrated Biographical Record of Men and Women of the Time. Toronto: International Press Limited. 
  4. ^ Debates of the Senate (Hansard) 2nd Session, 40th Parliament, Volume 146, Issue 5, Tuesday, February 3, 2009