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                   Airman Chris Higgins  
                   Alben E. Higgins
                   Anthony Higgins
                   Col. Don Higgins Jr. 
Edmund S. Higgins
Edwin Werter Higgins  
                   Frank Wayland Higgins 

                   Major General Fred J. Higgins 
                   Freeman Higgins 
                   James E Higgins 
                   Army Sgt. James T. Higgins  
                   John Patrick Higgins 
Inspector General, John P. Higgins, Jr. 
John R. Higgins. FBI
                   Karen Higgins
                   Kathleen M. Higgins 
Kathryn O'Leary Higgins   
                   Lt . Col. Robin Higgins  
                   R T Higgins
                   Lt. Sean Higgins 
William Lincoln Higgins
                   Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins 

05 Sep 2007
-(Child of Horace & Alice)  i. 27 Nov 1940 R66/137  
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-Edgar  i. 24 Dec 1918 R161/240  
 Margaret V. d. 2 Jul 1911 i. 4 Jul 1911 R161/240  
-Higgins, Margaret V. d. 2 Jul 1911 R161/240
Higgins. Departed this life suddenly, Sunday, July 2,
1911, at her residence, 1373 1/2 L street southeast,
Mrs. M.V., beloved wife of John Higgins. Funeral from
her late residence Tuesday, July 4 at 2 p.m.
-Minnie  i. 21 Jun 1916 R53/333  

-Alice A. d. Dec 1940 i. Dec 1940 R155/176 Removed to unknown on 5 Feb 1941 
    see entry at
Obituary of Horace Higgins' first wife Alice Annie Higgins

29 Oct 2006  
John Higgins, 69, Dies; Aide to Ex-F.B.I. Chief 

The New York Times Published: March 21, 1990
LEAD: John R. Higgins, a former administrative assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, died on Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.. He was 69 years old and lived in Roseland, N.J. 

John R. Higgins, a former administrative assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, died on Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.. He was 69 years old and lived in Roseland, N.J. 

Mr. Higgins worked as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in several cities, beginning in 1947. He was later called to Washington to serve as Mr. Hoover's administrative assistant. 

He left the bureau in 1954 and became an advertising executive for The Saturday Evening Post, Life and Newsweek. In 1982 he was a founder of Inc., a business magazine. He retired in 1988. 

Mr. Higgins was a Marine Corps dive-bomber pilot in the Pacific in World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for heroism. 

He was born in St. Louis and graduated from Princeton University in 1943. 

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris Reidy; three daughters, Gabrielle Keeler of Wayne, N.J.; Patricia Higgins-Edge of Mendham, N.J.; Candice Higgins of Kansas City, Mo.; four sister and two grandchildren. 

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

- An inquiry from John P. ("Jack") Higgins, Jr -

My name is John P. Higgins, Jr. I am from Union County, NJ. My fathers family all lived and grew up in Union County. My grandfathers name was William T. Higgins of Union Township . My fathers Uncle and cousin was Joseph Sr and Jr From Elizabeth and Union Township respectively. My grand mothers name was Maude. I have lived in Virginia now for 40 years working for the Government. I just retired in July as Inspector General of United States Department of Education..

John P. Higgins, Jr.  jackson6112 AT

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1930; Census Place: Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey; Roll: 1387; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 66; Image: 27 (No Image Available)
Address 1310 North Avenue
Name Age
William Higgins 43 b. NJ Father b. NY Mother b. NJ Asst. Supt. Gas & Elec. Co.
Maude Higgins 45
Eleanor Higgins 12
Ann Higgins 10
William Higgins 9
John Higgins 6
Richard Higgins 1 2/12
Edna Portman 42 Sister In Law

Name Age
William T Higgins 32
Maude E Higgins 35
Elina M Higgins 1 11/12
Anne C Higgins 4/12
Victor Portman 29 Brother In Law
Edna Portman 32 Sister In Law

The World War 1 Registration card for William T. Higgins states be was born in Bayonne NJ on March 16, 1887. That his address was 301 Rahway Avenue, Elizabth ,NJ. That he was employed as a Division Supervisor at the Public Service Electric Company. It notes he is tall, Medium Build, Brown Eyes, Black Hair.

20 Jan 2006
Inspector General, John P. Higgins, Jr.

Inspector General of the U.S. Department of

John P. ("Jack") Higgins, Jr. is the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. He was nominated by President Bush on September 18, 2002, and confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002.

Mr. Higgins has served in a number of senior management positions with the Department of Education and its predecessor, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare during more than 30 years of federal service. He became the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Education in January 1996. In 1999, Mr. Higgins was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for exemplifying the highest level of integrity, leadership, and exceptional performance.

Mr. Higgins earned a degree in business from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn. He is a certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Government Financial Analyst. He resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia, with his wife, Lucy.

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20 Jan 2006 
Kathryn O'Leary Higgins was sworn in as the 36th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on January 3, 2006.

Ms. Higgins brings 36 years of experience in the public and private sectors to her new appointment. She was most recently employed as President and CEO of TATC Consulting and was Vice President for Public Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation from May 1999 to January 2004.

Member Higgins served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (July 1997-May 1999), Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Vice Chair of the Presidential Commission on U.S. Coast Guard Roles and Missions.

Ms. Higgins served in the White House (February 1995 -July 1997) as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet. In that capacity she worked closely with the NTSB, DOT, FAA, and Coast Guard on a number of matters, including the 1996 ValuJet 597 and TWA 800 accidents, formulation and implementation of hazardous materials regulations, increasing inspector staffing, FAA reauthorization, and creation of the NTSB Office of Family Assistance. She was awarded distinguished service medals by the FAA and Coast Guard for her work.

Ms. Higgins served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Labor (January 1993-February 1995), Chief of Staff to Congressman Sander Levin (January 1986 � January 1993), and Senior Legislative Associate and Minority Staff Director with the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee (January 1981 �January 1986).

Member Higgins was with the White House Domestic Policy Council, serving as Assistant Director for Employment Policy (May 1978 �January 1981). She began her career in 1969 as a Manpower Specialist with the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. 

Ms. Higgins came to Washington from Yankton, South Dakota and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. She was married to the late William J. Higgins and is the mother of two sons, Liam and Kevan.

Ms. Higgins� term expires December 31, 2009.

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NEW  31 October 2002

HIGGINS, Anthony, 1840-1912 

Senate Years of Service: 1889-1895 
Party: Republican 

HIGGINS, Anthony, a Senator from Delaware; born in Red Lion Hundred, New Castle County, Del., October 1, 1840; attended Newark Academy and Delaware College, and graduated from Yale College in 1861; studied law at the Harvard Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1864 and commenced practice in Wilmington, Del.; served in the Union Army 1864; appointed deputy attorney general 1864; United States attorney for Delaware 1869-1876; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election to the Forty-ninth Congress in 1884; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1895; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894; chairman, Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service (Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses), Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-second Congress); resumed the practice of his profession in Wilmington, Del.; served as one of the attorneys for the respondent in the impeachment proceedings of United States District Judge Charles Swayne of Florida 1904-1905; died in New York City on June 26, 1912; interment in St. Georges Cemetery, near St. Georges, New Castle County, Del. 
   Higgins, John C. The Life and Services of Hon. Anthony Higgins
   Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1913.
NEW  16 March  2003

1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Anthany HIGGINS Self S Male  W 39 DE 
                                       Lawyer   DE DE 
John LOTEMAN      Other M Male B 43 DE 
                                        Laborer   DE DE 
Susan LOTEMAN Other M Female B 42 DE 
                                House Keeper   DE DE 
Anna ROBINSON Other S Female B 4   DE 
                                                     PA DE -
Source Information:

Census Place Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware 
Family History Library Film 1254119 
NA Film Number T9-0119 Page Number 284B 

Obituary record of graduates of Yale University,1910 - 1915 By Yale University - Published 1915

Anthony Higgins, son of Anthony Madison Higgins (B.A. Washington and Jefferson 1831) and Sarah Clark (Corbit) Higgins, was born October 1, 1840, at Red Lion Hundred, near St. George's, Del., on a large estate acquired by his great-grandfather about 1740. He entered Yale at the beginning of Sophomore year from Delaware College.

After graduation he with George Gray (B.A. Princeton 1859), afterward his colleague in the United States Senate, studied law in the office of Judge William C. Spruance, in New Castle, Del., and in the Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the bar May 9, 1864. During that year he and his classmate, Williams, served thirty days as privates in the Seventh Delaware Regiment during a Confederate raid by General Early into Maryland. He then practiced in Wilmington, Del., quickly becoming a leader in the state bar and in the political life of the state. In 1867 he was active in the Border State Convention at Baltimore to promote the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution, and in 1868 was chairman of the Republican state committee. Until 1870 he practiced his profession in partnership with the elder Judge Edward G. Bradford, under the name of Bradford & Higgins, and afterward was a member of the firm of Higgins & Churchman.

For several years after his admission to the bar he was assistant to the Attorney-General of the Wilmington district, and from 1869 to 1876 United States attorney for the district of Delaware. In 1881 he was the Republican nominee from Delaware for United States senator, and in 1884 for member of Congress. From 1889 to 1895 he was the first Republican member of the United States Senate from Delaware. Among the committees of which he was a member were those of interstate commerce, relations with Canada, and privileges and elections, and he was chairman of the committees on manufactures and to examine the branches of the civil service. He gained earlier than is common a prominent place in the deliberations of the Senate.

He was nominated for reelection to the Senate, but after a long and bitter contest between the factions of the Republican party resulting from the candidacy of J. Edward Addicks, Mr. Higgins was defeated but no one was elected, the seat remaining vacant for two years. He was a member of the National Republican Conventions of 1876, 1892, and 1896, and was chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee in 1892.

He was a member of the National Congress of Rivers and Harbors meeting annually in Washington, and of the Atlantic Inland Waterways Conference organized in 1907, at which he made an address that year on "The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, its History and Commerce."

Not only was he a brilliant and scholarly lawyer, but he was a student of history, especially of the political history of Great Britain and the United States, and was deeply versed in the history and traditions of his own state. He was a member of the Delaware Historical Society, which published his paper on "The Inland Water Route to Norfolk," and another, "A Historical Address at the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Drawyers Presbyterian Church of Odessa, Del." In 1900 he was elected a member of the general council of the American Bar Association. In 1908-09 he was president of the Yale Alumni Association of Delaware. Yale University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1891.

Mr. Higgins died of heart disease, June 26, 1912, while on a visit at the home of his brother, Thomas Higgins, in New York City. He was in the 72d year of his age, and unmarried. His brother, John Clark Higgins, was a trustee of Delaware College and United States consul at Dundee, Scotland. A nephew, James C. Higgins, graduated from Yale College in 1902.

History By Yale University Class of 1863 - Published 1889

THOMAS HIGGINS, son of Anthony Higgins, was born at St. George's, New Castle County, Del., January 1, 1843. he entered the Class at the beginning of Sophomore year, and remained with it for a short time, afterward entering the Class of '64, but did not graduate.

After leaving college he served as acting-assistant paymaster for two years on board the Colorado and Commodore Morris. Since July, 1865, he has been engaged in business in New York City, in the manufacture of glue, and is the president of the Milligan and Higgins Glue Company, of that city. He resides at Orange, N. J.

He was married April 25, 1876, to Bessy H., daughter of
Dr. James Crane, of Brooklyn, N. Y.
Their children are :

Katherine McClelland, born April 5, 1877.
James Crane, born March 26, 1881.

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Thomas HIGGINS Self M Male W 38 DE Glue Factory DE DE
Bessie H. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 30 NY Keeping House NJ NJ
Katherine M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 3 NY DE NY
Jennie MCDERMITT Other S Female W 25 IRE Servant IRE IRE
Source Information:
Census Place East Orange, Essex, New Jersey
Family History Library Film 1254780
NA Film Number T9-0780 Page Number 466B

Name Age
Thomas Higgins 56
Elizabeth H Higgins 50
Catherine M Higgins 23
James C Higgins 19
Minne S Morow 19


NEW  31 October 2002 

Edwin Werter HIGGINS,  1874-1954 

HIGGINS, Edwin Werter, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Clinton, Middlesex County, Conn., July 2, 1874; attended Norwich Free Academy; was graduated from Yale Law School in 1897; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Norwich, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives in 1899 and 1900; member of the Republican State central committee 1900-1905; health officer of New London County 1900-1905; corporation counsel of Norwich 1901, 1902, and 1919-1922; prosecuting attorney of Norwich in 1905; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frank B. Brandegee; reelected to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses and served from October 2, 1905, to March 3, 1913; was not a candidate for renomination in 1912; resumed the practice of law; served in the Connecticut State National Guard during the First World War; prosecuting attorney, Court of Common Pleas, New London County, Conn., 1932-1946; resumed the general practice of law; died in Norwich, Conn., September 24, 1954; interment in Maplewood Cemetery. 

See also: Congressional Biography.

NEW  Jan  2008


 edwin werter higginslawyer and Congressman, of Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, was born in Clinton, Middlesex County, Connecticut, July 2nd, 1874, the son of Werter C. Higgins and Grace A. Higgins, who was the daughter of Henry M. and Ann Crane Taintor. Silas Higgins, the paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was for years prominent in the business and public life of eastern Connecticut. Mr. Higgins' father is a manufacturer of steam heaters and a man whose most prominent characteristic is fidelity to principle. Mr. Higgins' earliest ancestors in America were Jonathan Sexton, who came from England to Plymouth in 1620, and later settled in Windsor, Connecticut; Medad Taintor, who was born in 1757 and came from England to Branford, Connecticut, and Heman Higgins of Midddletown, Connecticut. The early ancestors of Mr. Higgins were identified with the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies and three of his great-grandfathers took part in the American Revolution. Most of Mr. Higgins' youth was spent in Norwich, Connecticut, where from choice during vacation periods he often busied himself with both manual and clerical work in the shops and offices of Norwich. He was blessed with good health and found the keenest enjoyment in outdoor sports. After a course at the Norwich Free Academy he entered the law department of Yale University and graduated in 1897 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. While at Yale he served one term as secretary of the Kent Club, the leading debating society of the law department, and became a member of the Yale chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. Since leaving college Mr. Higgins has devoted himself to the practice of law, and his profession with the performance of various public services has occupied Mr. Higgins' time since graduation. In 1899 he was elected a member of the General Assembly as representative from Norwich and served on the judiciary committee. From 1900 until he resigned in 1905 he served as health officer for New London County, being appointed by the Judges of the Superior Court of the State; from 1901 to 1902 he was corporation counsel for the city of Norwich; in 1904 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago, representing Connecticut on the committee on resolutions; in 1905 he was appointed prosecuting attorney of Norwich and has been for six years and is now a member of the Republican State Central Committee. On October 2nd, 1905, he was given still higher political honor by his election as Representative from the Third District in the Congress of the United States. Since 1903 he has been director and secretary of the Groton and Stonington Street Railway Company and is connected with other prominent business interests in his section of the State. On October 6th, 1906, Mr. Higgins was unanimously re-nominated for Congress. On September 21st, 1904, Mr. Higgins married Alice M. Neff of Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Mr. Higgins served three years and a half in Co. 9, C. N. G., Third Regiment, is a member of the Chelsea Boat Club, the Arcanum Club of Norwich, the Sons of the American Revolution of Connecticut and the Citizens Corp of the G. A. R. He is particularly fond of outdoor life and his favorite sports are hunting and fishing. Though still a young man, Mr. Higgins has won himself a place of distinction as a lawyer and as a public man, as hia professional and political offices show.

1880 Census: Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Werter C. HIGGINS Self M      Male    W 43    CT 
                                           Stone Foundry MA CT 
Grace A. HIGGINS   Mother M Female W 44     CT 
                                            Housekeeping  CT CT 
Ada M. HIGGINS      Dau S Female     W 18     CT
                                                    At Home CT CT 
Grace T. HIGGINS   Dau S Female      W 14      CT 
                                                    At Home CT CT 
Susan M. HIGGINS  Dau S Female      W 12     CT 
                                                    At Home CT CT 
   Son S Male         W 10     CT
                                                    At Home CT CT 
Edwin W. HIGGINS  Son S Male         W 6       CT
                                                    At Home CT CT  
John M. HIGGINS    Son S Male         W   4      CT
                                                    At Home CT CT  

Source Information:

Census Place Norwich, New London, Connecticut 
Family History Library Film 1254107 
NA Film Number T9-0107 Page Number 213A 

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  NEW  16 March  2003
Alben E. Higgins
Candidate for Michigan state board of education, 1905.
 Burial location unknown.

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NEW  16 March  2003

Frank Wayland Higgins, (1856-1907) -- also known as Frank W. Higgins -- of Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Born in Rushford, Allegany County, N.Y., August 18, 1856. Republican. Member of New York state senate, 1894-1902 (32nd District 1894-95, 50th District 1896-1902); Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1903-04; Governor of New York, 1905-07. Died in Olean, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., February 12, 1907. Interment at Mt. View Cemetery, Olean, N.Y. 

1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Frank W. HIGGINS Self M Male        W 24 NY 
                                         Grocer         NY NY 
Kate C. HIGGINS    Wife M Female    W 24 NY 
                                      Keeping House NY NY 
Orin T. HIGGINS     Son S Male       W    1 NY
                                        At Home        NY NY 
Anna SHINE          Other S Female     W 21 NY 
                                          Housework   NY NY 
Nellie WELCH        Other S Female     W 18 ENG 
                                            Housework ENG ENG 
Frank PRATT         Other S Male         W 26 NY 
                                       Clerk-Grocery  NY NY 

Source Information:

Census Place Olean, Cattaraugus, New York 
Family History Library Film 1254812 
NA Film Number T9-0812 
Page Number 431C 

NEW 25 Sep 2003
View 1900 Census Cattaraugus, NY for this family

NEW  16 March  2003
Higgins, Freeman of Manchester, Hillsborough County, N.H. Member of New Hampshire state senate 16th District, 1893-94. 
Burial location unknown.

1880 Census Best Guess-Only Freeman Higgins in New Hampshire Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Freeman HIGGINS   Self M Male        W 50 ME 
                                           Machinist     ME ME 
Mary W. HIGGINS    Wife M Female   W 47 NH 
                                       Keeping House NH NH 
George F. HIGGINS  Son S Male        W 17 NH
                                               At School ME NH 
Frank A. HIGGINS    Son    Male         W 15 NH
                                               At School ME NH
Wilson F. HIGGINS   Son S Male         W 13 NH
                                               At School ME NH
Carrie LEE              Niece S Female    W 18 VT
                                           Store Clerk   VT NH 

Source Information:
Census Place Manchester, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Family History Library Film 1254763 
NA Film Number T9-0763 Page Number 100A

New 25 Sep 2003
1910 Census 
Census says 60 years old, upon inspection it seems to be 80.wife and location match and wife's age matches. 
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NEW  16 March  2003
James E. Higgins, of Chicopee, Hampden County, Mass. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912.
Burial location unknown.

1880 Census Best Guess

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Michael HIGGINS Self M Male         W 46 IRE 
                                       Watchman     IRE IRE 
Mary HIGGINS      Wife M Female     W 45 ENG 
                                     Keeping House  ENG IRE 
James HIGGINS    Son S Male         W 22 MA
                              Works Iron Foundry  ENG IRE 
Mary HIGGINS       Dau S Female     W 19 MA
                                  Works Cotton Mill ENG IRE 
Alice HIGGINS       Dau S Female     W 13 MA
                                        At School      ENG IRE 
David HIGGINS     Son S Male         W   6 MA
                                        At School      ENG IRE -

Source Information:

Census Place Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts 
Family History Library Film 1254534 
NA Film Number T9-0534 Page Number 201A 

        Added 25 Sep 2003    
         View 1870 Census Chicopee MA 

NEW  16 March  2003
 R. T. Higgins, of Vandalia, Fayette County, Ill.
Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880. 
Burial location unknown.

1880 Census Best Guess
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Richard T. HIGGINS Self M Male       W 37 IL 
                               Physician Bank Pres. MD MD 
Jennie HIGGINS       Wife M Female  W 36 IL 
                                       Keeping House BADEN PRUSSIA 
Clifford HIGGINS      Son S Male        W 8 IL 
                                                           IL IL 
Julia HIGGINS           Dau S Female W  6 IL
                                                           IL IL 
Catharine FLHOEN    MotherL W Female W 60 Prussia
                                         At Home PRUSSIA PRUSSIA 
Godfrey KRATE         Other S Male   W 50 HANOVER 
                                                   Laborer HANOVER HANOVER 
Hannah HALDER        Other S Female W 25 SWITZ. 
                                              Servant        SWITZ. SWITZ. 
Augusta FRITCH        Other S Female W 22 GERM. 
                                                                  GERM. GERM. 
Source Information:

Census Place Vandalia, Fayette, Illinois 
Family History Library Film 1254206 
NA Film Number T9-0206 Page Number 166C 


NEW  31 October 2002

John Patrick HIGGINS,  1893-1955 

HIGGINS, John Patrick, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., February 19, 1893; attended the public schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1917; during the First World War served as an ensign in the United States Navy 1917-1919; employed as a chemist 1919-1922; student in Boston University Law School and Northeastern College of Law, Boston, Mass., in 1925 and 1926; was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced practice in Boston; member of the State house of representatives 1929-1934; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on September 30, 1937, having been appointed by Gov. Charles F. Hurley on October 1, 1937, as chief justice of the superior court of Massachusetts, in which capacity he served until his death; suspended by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a judge on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East at Tokyo, Japan, and resigned in June 1946; died in Boston, Mass., August 2, 1955; interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury, Mass. 


NEW  31 October 2002

William Lincoln HIGGINS,  1867-1951 

HIGGINS, William Lincoln, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Chesterfield, Hampshire County, Mass., March 8, 1867; attended the public schools of Chesterfield and Northampton, Mass., and Deerfield (Mass.) Academy; was graduated from the medical department of the University of the City of New York in 1890 and commenced the practice of medicine in Willington, Conn., the same year; moved to South Coventry, Conn., in 1891; served in the State house of representatives 1905-1907, 1917, 1919-1921, 1925 and 1927; member of the State senate 1909-1911; first selectman of Coventry, Conn., 1917-1932; county commissioner of Tolland County, Conn., 1921-1932; secretary of state 1928-1932; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1928, 1932, and 1936; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of medicine in South Coventry, Conn.; died in Norwich, Conn., November 19, 1951; remains were cremated and interred in Chesterfield Center Cemetery, Chesterfield, Mass.

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Higgins, Edmund S. of Lynn, Essex County, Mass. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912. Burial location unknown. 

(1880 Census-Best Guess)
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

John HIGGINS         Self M Male        W 43 IRELAND 
                                          Retail Grocer IRELAND IRELAND 
Bridget M. HIGGINS Wife M Female    W 40 IRELAND
                                        Keeping House IRELAND IRELAND 
Daniel J. HIGGINS    Son S Male        W 14 MA
                                                At School IRELAND IRELAND
Edmund S. HIGGINS Son S Male         W 12 MA
                                                At School IRELAND IRELAND
Thomas F. HIGGINS Son S Male         W 10 MA
                                                At School IRELAND IRELAND
Mary HIGGINS          Dau S Female     W  8 MA
                                                At School IRELAND IRELAND
Ellen HIGGINS           Dau S Female    W   5 MA 
                                                              IRELAND IRELAND 
Margaret HIGGINS    Dau S Female     W   3 MA 
                                                              IRELAND IRELAND 
Catherine HIGGINS   Dau S Female     W 8M MA 
                                                               IRELAND IRELAND 
Nellie L. BRAZEL        Other S Female   W 16 MA 
                                     Domestic Servant IRELAND IRELAND -

Source Information:
Census Place Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 
Family History Library Film 1254531 
NA Film Number T9-0531 Page Number 301A 

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Karen Higgins ready to take on challenges of WD's executive director


By Kathi Ramont Associate Editor The Rocketeer
Thursday, May 14, 1998

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake-At all-hands meetings scheduled for the Station Auditorium on Friday, June 5, retiring Weapons Division Executive Director Sterling will introduce his replacement, Dr. Karen Higgins, current head of the Weapons/Targets Department, to the China Lake work force. Haaland is set to retire July 2.

Colonel William R. Higgins, USMC 
Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, USMC, disappeared on Feb. 17, 1988, while serving as the Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military Observer, United States Military Observer Group, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (Palestine).

Born in Danville, Kentucky on Jan. 15, 1945, Rich Higgins graduated from Southern High School in Louisville and earned his bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. A scholarship student in the Navy ROTC, he received the Marine Corps Association Award and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1967. He later obtained a master's degrees from
Pepperdine University and Auburn University. He graduated from the Army Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Air Force Command and Staff College, and the National War College.
(More info on website)

      Memorial to
         Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, USMC 

     -  USS Higgins 
      USS Higgins will honor "a brave Marine who served his country
                                             and the cause of peace." 


Wife of Colonel William R Higgins 

Robin L. Higgins
was nominated to be Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs on April 30, 2001 and confirmed by the Senate May 24. In this role, she is responsible for policy, management and operation of the National Cemetery Administration.

Prior to her nomination, Mrs. Higgins served as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in January 1999. 

A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Higgins earned her bachelor's degree in English from State University of New York at Oneonta, and a master's in English from Long Island University. She also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mrs. Higgins is a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps. 

Under the former 41st President Bush Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Mrs. Higgins is the widow of Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, a Marine officer taken captive by terrorists in Lebanon in 1988, and later murdered. Since then, she has become an internationally known speaker on surviving adversity and terrorism. Her book, Patriot Dreams - The Murder of Colonel Rich Higgins was published in time for the commissioning of the USS Higgins (DDG 76), a Navy destroyer named for her husband. 

Mrs. Higgins is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Marine Corps League's Dickey Chapelle Award, American Legion Auxiliary's Public Spirit Award, and American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus Award. She is a member of Disabled American Veterans, the Retired Officers' Association, the Jewish War Veterans, Gold Star Wives, the American Legion, AMVETS, and the Marine Corps League. 

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November 14, 1997

Connie helps get pilots to the fleet 

By JO3 Russell Fleming

After a brief hiatus allowed Connie Sailors an opportunity to spend time with family and friends following WestPac, it's time for the crew to get reacquainted with their sea legs. Though this period is brief, the visiting squadrons plan to get a lot accomplished.

"We are out here for Fleet Replacement Squad Carrier Qualifications (FRSCQ)," said Lt. Cmdr. Ian Anderson of VAQ-129. "All the pilots already have their wings, they just need to get their minimum number of day and night traps completed."

Most of the pilots in this EA-6B squadron need 10 day traps and six night traps.

"We're hoping we can get them done in a day," said Lt. Sean Higgins, who has been flying with VAQ-129 for about nine months. "Once our quals are done, we'll transfer to VAQ-136 and become forward deployed in Japan."

The Fleet Replacement Squadron is where pilots get re-qualified whenever they switch to another aircraft.

"I compare it to baseball," Higgins said. "It's like you're in the minor leagues trying to get picked up by the majors. Everything you do is highly scrutinized. Once you prove yourself good enough, you move into the fleet. But the scrutiny never ends and you can never let up."

Higgins is referring to the grading system by the Landing Signal Officers (LSOs). "Although they are out there evaluating every landing, they are actually there to help us," he said. "In case the deck is pitching a certain way, or the weather is bad, they advise us of the best way to come in." 

Higgins said he is a former A-6 pilot, "I flew them on the East Coast," he said. "There is a little bit of difference from the EA-6B, but not much. After flying with this squadron for about nine months, I'm almost done and ready to move on to the fleet."

While completing the day traps is relatively easy, landing in the dark presents its own difficulties.

"It's like looking into a bowl of black ink," Higgins said. "During the day you can rely on your senses to guide you. At night, you must totally rely on your instruments."

For many pilots, this can be very stressful. "That's another reason why the LSOs are there," Higgins said. "They help us out tremendously." Higgins said it is reassuring to have a person to guide them in addition to the technology. "Bringing us in safely is their job."

Lt. j.g. Darren Donley agreed. "It was really nerve-wracking when I started flying at night," he said. "What helped me keep focused was picturing the boat as it would be during the day and listening to the LSO."

After getting his wings last year, Donley went on to five weeks of just touch and go practice. "We trained on an air field painted like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier," he said. "There, we focused on landings, and once we got good at it, moved on to the real thing."

His day and night traps done, Donley said he is ready to move into the fleet. "Once I do my day and night tanking [fueling], I'm done," he said. "Right now, I'm keeping up on my currency.

"We don't want more than a 30-day window where we're not flying," he said. "That way if there were ever a conflict, we will always be ready to go."

Being ready to deploy at a moment's notice is part of maintaining forward presence throughout the world. Connie's support of Fleet Replacement Squadrons helps highly trained pilots and air crews get to the fleet.  

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Milestones tough to miss

Staff reporter

Airman Chris Higgins spent his first wedding anniversary at Kandahar International Airport. But he's hoping to be home for his son's first birthday in August. 

Important milestones sometimes go by while an airman is deployed overseas. And missing them is only one of the sacrifices they make to serve their country. 

"That's the hardest part of being here," said Higgins, 20, of Dover Air Force Base. "But I feel proud to be taking part in something so big. I'm a little scared sometimes, but I know what I'm doing is for a reason. I know my family is home safe because I'm here doing something." 

Higgins said his wife, Angela, and son, Tyler, are staying with her parents now. 

"I came into the Air Force to get an education and the skills," he said, "plus, it's a good experience overall. 

"But I don't think I'll stay in 20 years. I don't think I could handle being away from my family that much." 

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For Immediate Release JULY 31, 1998 NR 98-07-31 



Col. Don Higgins Jr., succeeded Col. Dave Shunk as the 509th Bomb Wing vice commander upon Shunk's retirement this morning. 

Shunk leaves the Air Force after more than 25 years of distinguished service. Notable highlights in his career include being awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross for saving his crew and aircraft after his B-52G experienced the first ever three-spoiler out in-flight malfunction. 

Shunk was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross for leading a three-ship B-52G flight which destroyed the first fixed Scud missile site to fire on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

The retirement ceremony was highlighted today by Shunk receiving the Legion of Merit Award for his unparalleled performance as the vice commander. His wife, Valerie, was presented a certificate of appreciation from Brig. Gen. Leroy Barnidge, Jr., 509th Bomb Wing commander on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. 

According to his LOM Award, during Shunk's tenure as vice wing commander, he advanced the combat capability of the B-2 by overseeing its deployment to Guam, the addition of the joint direct attack munition to the B-2 arsenal, and the first fighter directed close air support missions. 

His leadership also contributed to the wing receiving an overall excellent during the June Headquarters ACC Inspector General Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection. 

Higgins replaces Shunk, who will be moving on to work with the Civil Air Patrol at Whiteman.  

Higgins entered the Air Force in 1976 after receiving his commission from the United States Air Force Academy. In 1977, Higgins graduated from Squadron Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base and he completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1978 by correspondence. 

Higgins received a master in business administrations management in 1979 from the Golden Gate University at San Francisco, Calif. and graduated the following year from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell. 

The colonel then took his educational development one step further when he graduated as an advanced military Spanish language linguist from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. 

In 1982, Higgins graduated from the National Defense Fellow at Harvard University Center for International Affairs at Cambridge, Maine. During his career, Higgins has held a variety of positions in addition to his operational flying career. 

His staff assignments include action officer and executive officer in the Requirements Deputate at Headquarters, Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., assistant executive to the Commander in Chief at the Headquarters of the United States Southern Command, Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama. Higgins was later the vice director of operations. 

Prior to his assignment to Fort Hood, Texas as the 3rd Air Support Operations Group commander Higgins was assigned to Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an Air Force Planner for Joint and National Security Council Matters. 

Higgins is a command pilot with more than 2,000 hours in F-111 Aardvarks, EF-111A Ravens and F-117A Nighthawks. 

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal. 

Higgins has also been recognized as a 1985 Outstanding Young Men of America winner, a 1990 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award recipient and a 1993 Defense Language Institute Provost Award winner.  

Higgins and his wife Vicki have a daughter, Amber. 


Retired Aug. 1, 1970, Died Dec. 11, 1994 

Major General Fred J. Higgins is deputy chief of staff, procurement and production, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. 

General Higgins was born in Glendive, Mont., in 1915. He graduated from Dawson County High School, Glendive, Mont., in 1933, and attended the University of Montana at Missoula, Mont., where he received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, in 1937, and his bachelor of laws degree in 1941. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve in June 1939 and was called to active military duty in October 1941. 

His first assignment was to squadron duties at Hamilton Field, Calif. In January 1942 he departed for an overseas tour of duty with the 35th Pursuit Group. From March 1942 until September 1944 he served in various materiel capacities in the China-Burma-India Theater and upon return to the United States was assigned to the Air Technical Service Command at Oakland, Calif. He attended the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1945.  

From September 1946 until June 1947 he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and in July 1947 was assigned to Air Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, serving in the Procurement Division until November 1950, when he was transferred to the Judge Advocate General's Department. 

In January 1951 he became the staff judge advocate, Western Air Procurement District, Los Angeles, Calif. From September 1953 until June 1955 he was staff judge advocate at Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, and from July 1955 to June 1958 was staff judge advocate, Air Materiel Forces, Europe. He returned to the United States to become deputy staff judge advocate, Air Materiel Command, and in July 1963 staff judge advocate, Air Force Logistics Command. He assumed duties as deputy chief of staff, procurement and production, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command in August 1967. 

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. 

He was promoted to the temporary grade of major general effective June 1, 1967, with date of rank July 1, 1962. 

(Current as of March 1, 1970) 



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Kathleen M. Higgins, National Institute of Standards and Technology�s (NIST), Department of Commerce Higgins has energized the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) in fulfilling its role of making NIST capabilities in the development of measurement technology available to the criminal justice and public safety communities. The activities Higgins spearheaded have resulted in greater effectiveness of policing throughout the nation and the saving of lives � more than 2,500 law-enforcement officers� lives have been saved through wearing body armor meeting OLES-developed specifications. 


Army specialist is modern-day sleuth 

By Elaine Tarello 

Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii -- When Army Sgt. James T. Higgins headed off to North Korea to serve his country in 1950, his family figured he'd be back home in about a year. But one fateful night, after a deadly assault by Chinese forces, Higgins disappeared. His family was left with a devastating loss and a lot of unanswered questions.

Fifty years later, thanks in part to the efforts of the son of an Eleele, Hawaii, couple, the Higgins family finally has the answers they've been waiting for. And their loved one is finally coming home. 

Army Spec. Kylan Dela Cruz, son of Stanley and Patricia Dela Cruz, Eleele, Hawaii, is one of the 170 military and civilian members of the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CILHI), an organization dedicated to finding and identifying the more than 90,000 U.S. service members like Higgins still missing in action from past wars.

Acting as modern-day sleuths, recovery teams travel to a variety of remote and often dangerous locations, ranging from the glaciers of Tibet to the tropical jungles of Papua New Guinea. On site, team members spend long days sifting through soil searching for bone fragments, aircraft wreckage and personal clothing. These artifacts, along with medical records and witness interviews, can help piece together events that may have happened 60 years ago.

Dela Cruz, a special operations medic, is a member of one of the six-person recovery teams, made up of a team leader, a noncommissioned officer in charge, an anthropologist, a mortuary affairs specialist, a medic and a photographer.

"I've been a medic with CILHI for three years," said Dela Cruz, a 1983 Waimea High School graduate, who went on to earn his associates degree from Kapiolani Community College in 1990. "It's my job to provide routine and emergency medical care to team members while on site, as well as to the indigenous people in the area.

"Our teams aren't able to deploy without a medic," he added. "We're often in remote areas without medical facilities nearby, so it's essential to have some type of medical care available."

But Dela Cruz's job doesn't end with his medic duties. He also assists with investigations and recovery operations. Each bone fragment and relic he uncovers is sent to the lab for analysis by scientists who use the latest technology to establish identities. So far, they've been very successful.

Since its inception in 1973, CILHI members have identified the remains of 933 service members: 658 from Southeast Asian battles; 20 from the Korean War; 240 from World War II; and 15 from the Cold War. 

CILHI has many success stories. But with more than 90,000 individuals still missing in action, Dela Cruz and the others still have many more mysteries to solve. So each year, teams spend more than 220 days searching for clues in some of the world's harshest environments, at risk to a host of hazards such as crime, disease and heat exhaustion.

"My most memorable trip was to a World War II site in South China," Dela Cruz said. "The site was located on the side of a mountain, so we had to mountain climb and keep in good physical condition. It was challenging, but also incredibly rewarding since we found remains and personal effects that were later determined to be the remains of individuals from an aircraft crash.

"Another time, I went in with a team to Cambodia and provided humanitarian medical care to more than 1,800 Cambodians," he added. "Their ailments ranged from common colds and fevers to gunshot and shrapnel wounds. That really helped me brush up on my medical skills." 

Is it worth the risk? Dela Cruz believes it is.

"There are a lot of service members still missing in action who sacrificed their lives for this country," he said. "It's incredibly rewarding to play a part in bringing them home again, and in helping to give their families a sense of closure."

Thousands of soldiers like Higgins sacrificed their lives for this country on foreign soil. But thanks in part to people like Dela Cruz, one by one they're coming home. 

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