16 Oct 2006
The New York Times edition of Jan 14 1899 reported:
Eugene Higgins, a well known democratic politician of Baltimore, Maryland, died at his home in that city
yesterday of Pneumonia. He was 57 years old. He never missed a State or National convention and was perhaps
as well known to politicians in all parts of the country as in his native town. He served throughout
the war in the Nineteenth Virginia regiment. At its close he returned north and took an active part in
Democratic politics. He served a term in the Baltimore City Council and another as a
Representative in the House of Delegates. He was elected Secretary of the State Senate in 1881 and served one term.
In 1885 Mr. Higgins was brought prominently before the whole country through the discussion which followed
his selection as Appointment Clerk in the Treasury Department. It was during Mr. Cleveland's first term
as President, and when the late Daniel Manning was Secretary of the Treasury Department. It was alleged
that President Cleveland had been induced to appoint Mr. Higgins by Senator Gorman,
who, it was stated, was indebted to Mr. Higgins for aid in certain elections in Howard
County (MD). A hue and cry went up as soon as the appointment was made, the civil service reformers
claiming that the appointee was not a fit man for the place. The matter was treated at length by the
newspapers all over the country, and finally, after the affair had to a certain extant been
forgotten, Mr. Higgins resigned. Since he returned to Baltimore from Washington Mr.
Higgins regularly attended the sessions of the State Legislature and factiously called himself "The Third
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Eugene HIGGINS Self M Male W 40 MD Clerk Md Senate MD MD
Margaret HIGGINS Wife M Female W 25 NY Keeping House NY NY
Leah HUGH Other S Female W 28 MD Servant MD MD
Census Place 7th Ward, Precinct 7, Baltimore,
Family History Library Film 1254499 NA Film Number T9-0499 Page Number 504C
Marriages in the Baltimore County Advocate & Advertiser 1857 (by groom)
Last Name First Name MI or Name Source Date full text
Higgens Walter J 10/10/1857 On the 27th ult., by the Rev. Thomas
Myers, Walter J. Higgens to Miss Josephine Langley, both of Baltimore city.
. . . .
information compiled by Michael James
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