Guide to the Papers of William Dunfey, 1952 - 1991Manuscript MS-1039

Biography

Born October 10, 1925 in Lowell Massachusetts, William Dunfey was the 6th of 12 children. He enlisted in 1943 and served overseas as a Marine in the Pacific during the second World War. Upon returning from the war, Dunfey attended the University of New Hampshire and received his Bachelor's and Master's degree. After the war, Bill and his brothers bought a clam shack at Hampton Beach, and founded the Dunfey Hotels chain (which was later absorbed by Omni Hotels). Years later the brothers formed the Dunfey Group, a venture capital firm. A prominent figure in NH politics, Dunfey gave considerable amounts of money to both Democrats and Republicans. He served on the campaigns of numerous Democrats, working for both Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy. In addition, he was appointed to the UN by President Carter as an alternate representative for the 34th General Assembly. Dunfey supported numerous activists groups and social organizations, including the Center for Constructive Change, the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, and the New England Circle. He was a trustee of both UNH and Dartmouth Medical School, and also created or helped support numerous publications in New Hampshire, including the monthly news magazine the Spectator, the international news service WorldPaper, and the New Hampshire Times weekly. He died February 9th, 1991, at the age of 65.

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