Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth – Captain, United States Army Member of Congress United States Ambassador

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Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 25, 1891; was graduated from Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, in 1908, from Harvard University in 1912, and from the law department of the same university in 1916; assistant private secretary to the Governor General of the Philippine Islands in 1913; admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Boston, Massachusetts; during the First World War served overseas as Captain, Battery E, and as commanding officer, First Battalion, Three Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Seventy-sixth Division, 1917-1919; legal adviser to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in charge of foreign loans and railway payments, and secretary of the World War Debt Commission  1922-1924; assistant to the agent general for reparation payments, Berlin, Germany, 1924-1927; general counsel and Paris representative for organizations created under the Dawes plan in 1927 and 1928; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Louis A. Frothingham; reelected to the Seventy-first and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1928, until his resignation November 13, 1958; was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; United States Ambassador to Canada from January 28, 1959, until his death in Boston, Massachusetts, October 22, 1960; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


BOSTON, October 23, 1960 – A funeral service will be held tomorrow for Richard B. Wigglesworth, American Ambassador to Canada, who died yesterday in a Boston hospital of a circulatory ailment at the age of 69.  Dr. Charles E. Park will officiate at rites in Milton First Parish Church, Unitarian, at 2 P.M.  Burial will be at 11 A.M. on Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery.

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