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Duff, Hezekiah Nixon
Hezekiah Nixon Duff is chairman of the Michigan Securities Commission, a regulatory body created by law for the safeguarding of the public against dishonest or questionable enterprises that are set on foot to mulct those who are allured by the roseate promises of quick wealth and enormous investment returns. The commission is of the greatest importance and its service should be so recognized by the people. Mr. Duff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1876, a son of Col. Levi Bird and Harriet (Nixon) Duff. Both are of old American families, Mordecai Duff having come to America from Ireland during the Revolutionary period. Ancestors of the mother came in 1754, settled in Pennsylvania and became conspicuous in the history of that state. The great-grandfather of Mr. Duff, on his mother's side, was Major William Lee, a colonial war soldier, while his grandfather, Hezekiah Nixon, was the first mayor of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Col. Levi B. Duff served as prosecuting attorney of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and during the Civil war was on the staff of General Kearney. Hezekiah Nixon Duff received his early education in Pittsburgh and was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1894, receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. He entered newspaper work, and while in the university he was interested in journalism and filled different positions on papers. He was assistant editor of the Pittsburgh Leader and the Pittsburgh Dispatch. In 1908 Mr. Duff came to Michigan as publicity man for C. W. Post, of Battle Creek. He later came to Lansing as capital correspondent of the Free Press, of Detroit, and as legislative and state-house correspondent became closely associated with state affairs and made many friends in the capitol and throughout Lansing and Ingham county. He was engaged actively in newspaper work a quarter of a century. In 1919 Mr. Duff was elected executive officer of the securities commission and when the law was changed in 1923 he was appointed by Governor Groesbeck chairman of the state securities body, officially the Michigan Securities Commission. In the Spanish-American war, Mr. Duff was lieutenant of Battery B, Pennsylvania artillery. He is a member of the United Spanish War Veterans and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a past state commander. During the World war his newspaper training admirably fitted him for his service as director of publicity of the Michigan War Preparedness Board, which acted under and responded to the National Council of Defense. Mr. Duff is a member also of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, of the Union League Club of Detroit, and of the Country Club of Lansing. Since assuming connection with the Michigan Securities Commission Mr. Duff has twice been president of the National Association of Securities Commissions, an organization consisting of the enforcement officers of the so-called "blue-sky laws" of the various states of the Union. In 1903 Mr. Duff was united in marriage to Miss Sara Lindsay, of Pittsburgh. Two children have come into the family circle, Henry Lindsay Duff, a junior in the University of Michigan, and Edgar Nixon Duff, a Lansing high school student. Mr. and Mrs. Duff are members of the Presbyterian church.