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Retired Aug. 1, 1970, Died Dec. 11, 1994 
Added 08 February 2002

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
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Brigadier General James W. Higgins is the chief of staff, Montana Air National Guard, Helena, Mont. He is responsible for the establishment of command and control policy of 1,074 Montana Air National Guard members to include the Headquarters State staff, 120th Fighter Wing, and the 219 REDHORSE Flight, ensuring both their peacetime and wartime readiness. He serves the Adjutant General of Montana as a principal advisor on all matters pertaining to the Montana Air National Guard. 

Additional Information on the career of James W Higgins is at

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Brian Higgins 

145th Assembly District, NY


Brian Higgins is a South Buffalo Democrat who was
elected to the New York State Assembly, 145th
District, in November 1998. The 145th Assembly district 
includes parts of the cities of Buffalo and
Lackawanna, as well as the towns of Alden, Aurora,
Colden, Holland, Marilla, Newstead, Orchard Park and Wales. 

Brian Higgins' father, Daniel J., is a former Buffalo City Councilman and former
Commissioner with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. 

Brian Higgins and his wife, Mary Jane, who is a Buffalo public school teacher, are the proud parents of two young children, John and Maeve

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known as Victor Higgins
[American, 1884-1949]
BORN: June 28, 1884 Shelbyville, Indiana
DIED: August 23, 1949 Taos, New Mexico

View 1920 NM Census Scan   
Added 05 May 2004

The artwork of Victor Higgins can be found in the
following online exhibits (see web link)

web page links from 

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John Seville Higgins was the ninth bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, serving from 1955
to 1972. During his episcopate and since his
retirement, Higgins has been a prolific writer, and
the unofficial historian of the diocese. This series
contains both his published and unpublished work from
college term papers to books on the Anglican faith


Margaret Sanger: Biographical Sketch 

Margaret Louise Higgins was born on September 14, 1879
in Corning, New York to Michael Hennessey Higgins, an
Irish-born stonemason with iconoclastic ideas, and
Anne Purcell Higgins, a devoutly Catholic
Irish-American. When Anne Higgins died from
tuberculosis at the age of fifty, Margaret, the sixth
of eleven children, pointed to her mother's frequent
pregnancy as the underlying cause of her premature
death. Margaret Higgins sought to escape what she
viewed as a grim class and family heritage. With the
help of her older sisters, she attended Claverack
College and Hudson River Institute in 1896 and then
entered the nursing program at White Plains Hospital
in 1900. In 1902, just months before completing the
program, she met and married architect William Sanger.
Margaret Sanger and her husband had three children and
the family settled in Hastings, a Westchester County
suburb of New York City. 

Added 23 July 2003 by The Webmaster
1880 USA Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Micheal HIGGINS Self M Male    W 34 IRE 
                       Stone Cutter          IRE IRE 
Anna HIGGINS    Wife M Female W 32 IRE 
                       Keeping House         IRE IRE 
Mary HIGGINS     Dau S Female W 10 NY
                        At School             IRE IRE 
Joseph HIGGINS  Son S  Male    W  8 NY
                       At School              IRE IRE 
Anna HIGGINS     Dau S Female W 6 OH
                        At School             IRE IRE 
John HIGGINS     Son S Male     W 4 NJ
                       At School             IRE IRE 
Thomas HIGGINS Son S Male     W 2 NY 
                                                 IRE IRE 
Margeret HIGGINS Dau S Female W 8M NY 
                                                    IRE IRE 
Source Information:
Census Place Corning, Steuben, New York 
Family History Library Film 1254933 
NA Film Number T9-0933 Page Number 128C 

See website for lots more information



Right Honorable  the Lord Higgins 
Party: Conservative 

Profession: New Zealand Shipping Co., in UK and New Zealand
1948-55; British Olympic Team 1948, 1952; Commonwealth
Games Team 1950; Economic Specialist, Unilever Ltd
1958-64; Economic Consultant, Lex Services Group plc
1975-; Director: Warne Wright Group 1976-84, Lex
Service Group 1980-92; First Choice Holidays plc
(formerly Owners Abroad plc) 1991-97; Chairman and
Trustee, Lex Services Pension Fund 1994-


Higgins was born in Boston in 1893, and attended local
public schools. He was a graduate of Harvard College,
and served in the United States Navy during World War
I. After holding a job as a chemist, he received a
law degree from Northeastern University and commenced
practice shortly after. 

After brief a service in the Massachusetts House,
Higgins ran for Congress as a Democrat in 1934 and
won, without any opposition in the general election.
Overwhelmingly reelected in 1936, Higgins resigned in
late 1937 after being appointed chief justice of the
Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts by Gov.
Charles F. Hurley. Higgins also served as a judge on
the International Military Tribunal, but was suspended
by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1946. 

Higgins continued to serve as chief justice until his
death in Boston in 1955. 

1936: Higgins [D] 53,129 (83%); 
         Joseph M. DeNapoli [R] 8,523 (17%) 
1934: Higgins [D] 46,383 (100%) 



1923 (January 15th) -

 Death takes place of Captain James Higgins
National Army, Kiltimagh, after a
period of illness in the Military Hospital, Claremorris. 

The 25 year old captain was in charge of transport in Swinford and joined the Volunteers as a teenager 



General Edward J. Higgins
Salvation Army

Edward Higgins ,born 21st. November 1864 at
Highbridge, Somerset. Died on 14th. December 1947

'Images provided by the Salvation Army Collectables
web site.
http://www.sacollectables.com '

For a brief biography see website

 -General Edward Higgins


A real photo postcard of General Higgins Probably dating from around 1930. 
Printer and publisher unknown.

-General and Mrs. Higgins
General & Mrs. Higgins pictured together on this real photo postcard from around the mid 1930's. Printer and publisher unknown. 


Frank Wayland Higgins (1856-1907) 
Born in Rushford, Allegany County, N.Y., August 18, 1856. 
Member of New York state senate, 1894-1902;
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. 
Mt. View Cemetery Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York 

Book published by the state of New York in Memoriam
of the former Governor Frank Wayland Higgins
Published in 1909


1880 United States Census 
Olean, Cattaraugus, New York

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 

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The Official Seal and Governor Post Card
Hon Frank W Higgins
Governor of the State of New York 

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Source: First citizens of the republic: an historical work giving portraits and sketches of the most prominent citizens of the United States. By Lewis Randolph Hamersly - Published 1906


Frank Wayland Higgins, Governor, was born at Rushford, Allegany County, New York, August 18, 1856. His father was a successful business man, and his grandfather a physician of considerable distinction. The education of young Higgins was secured at Rushford Academy, in the Seminary at Pike, Wyoming County, and at the Riverview Military Academy in Poughkeepsie. He was graduated from the latter institution in 1873. After traveling in the West for a year Mr. Higgins entered business life in Chicago as Western sales agent for an oil refinery. He continued there for but a short time, however, and after two years more of travel he settled in Stanton, Michigan, where he became a partner in the mercantile firm of Wood, Thayer & Co. A year later he bought out his partners and continued the business in his own name. In Stanton he was married to Miss Kate C. Noble, of Sparta, that State. His business enterprises in the West were not sufficiently productive to induce him to remain there, and he accordingly closed them out and returned to New York, and soon afterward assumed the management of the extensive grocery business of Higgins, Blodgett & Company, in Olean, New York, of which concern his father was the senior partner. He displayed great ability in conducting the affairs of the firm, and five years after assuming the management, he having in the meantime been admitted to partnership, he bought out the interest of the other partners in three large stores in Olean, of which he is still the owner.

From his boyhood Mr. Higgins has been interested in politics. His interest, however, was not that of the sordid politician—for what there is in it. It was a part of his nature to be interested in things going on about him, and particularly of a political character. He was a deep thinker, a careful observer, and he formed his own conclusions, regardless of the opinions of others. When he was only sixteen years of age he showed his political independence by refusing to be guided by his father in his political affiliations. His father was a supporter of Horace Greeley, the candidate of the Independent Republicans and Democrats, while the son ardently espoused the cause of General Grant. Though lacking several years of his majority, he gave his best energies to promoting the cause of the Republican candidate. Through the succeeding years he continued to manifest great interest in political affairs, and in 1888 he was sent as a delegate to the convention which nominated Benjamin Harrison for the Presidency. When he returned home his father gave him a cordial greeting, and said to him: "You have nominated a good man for the Presidency, and I am going to vote for him." This was the first word of a political nature which had passed between the two since the Greeley campaign.

Mr. Higgins's introduction to public office came about through methods of practical politics which he did not clearly understand at the time, but which he has since learned all about. He had won the respect of his party in the district by his exhibitions of common sense. His use of this faculty often settled difficulties between factions. In 1891 the district had come under absolute Democratic control. The Republicans were looking around the following year for a man who could carry the district in their interest, and they hit upon Higgins. When asked to make the race he refused positively to do so. From that time he began to receive letters from all parts of the district urging him, in strong terms, to permit the use of his name for State Senator. These letters became so numerous that it looked as if there was a spontaneous demand for his services. They had the desired effect, and he gracefully acceded to what he afterward found was a stimulated demand. He proved to be the right man, however, and was elected. For ten years he continued to serve as a State Senator. His value to the State as the reorganizer of its finances is well known. His sound business instinct has been of great service to the people. On the floor of the Senate he never made a reputation as an orator, but developed into a good public speaker.

In 1902 Mr. Higgins was nominated for the office of Lieutenant-Governor and was elected, succeeding Timothy L. Woodruff, who had declined a re-nomination. As presiding officer of the Senate he was dignified in his bearing, and his rulings were characterized by fairness and clearness of statement.

In 1904 the Republican Party placed Mr. Higgins in nomination for the office of Governor. The campaign was an exciting one, accompanied by many bitter attacks on the Republican candidate, but he was elected by a decisive majority. Since he has been installed in the Governor's chair he has conducted the high office with great ability.

Those prominent in the party's affairs in his part of the State say that he has always stood for clean politics. He would never permit any one over whom he had political influence to use methods which were not open and manly. A keen business man, with a broad mind and a conscience, is the impression he creates upon a stranger. There is something in his bearing and manner of speech which indicates that his yea is yea, and his nay is nay. He has been, by some, called colorless. But such is not the fact, the impression arising from the fact that he lacks contrast. He utters no striking sentences and does no sensational things. Fie does not play to the galleries, but is guided in all he does by his conscience and common sense. When he makes a statement on any subject it is based upon mature thought and genuine conviction. When he says anything he means it, clearly and explicitly, and, as he does nothing hastily, he rarely has I occasion to retract an utterance. It has been said of him that those who know him only from having met him in his official capacity at the State Capitol are apt to call him cold and unsympathetic. When he was a member of the Senate, and was to be seen hurrying back and forth between his seat in the big chamber and the room of the Finance Committee, of which he was chairman, few would care to stop him. Unless the message was of unusual importance, or its bearer a close personal friend, he would scarcely pause to listen. Whether before or after a session, he always seemed too full of business to have time to talk. On the other hand, those who were able to obtain a closer view of the character of the man found a depth of sympathy far beyond the average.

While in the Senate Mr. Higgins, by his vigilance and energy, secured the passage of numerous measures of great public interest, many of them looking to the bettering of the condition of the laboring masses. When the Spanish-American War broke out he was at the head of a committee which raised a large sum to provide for the care of the families of those who went to the front from his locality. He has been, for many years, a trustee of the Western New York Home for Friendless and Dependent Children, and is also a trustee of the Chautauqua Assembly. He is an active member of a number of charitable organizations.


Source: Rushford and Rushford people By Mrs. Helen Josephine (White) Gilbert - Published 1910

Bates T. Hapgood was united in marriage to Alzina Taylor, sister of Ozial Taylor. Lucia C, born March 27, 1831, was the only child of Bates Turner and Alzina Hapgood who lived to maturity. She became the wife of Orrin T. Higgins of Rushford, a man of pleasing address and fine business ability. By mercantile business begun in Rushford and later extended to other towns and by investments in timber land in several Western States, he accumulated a large property.

Mrs. Higgins was a woman of engaging social qualities. Her ready wit is illustrated by the following anecdote: A doctor from the West was visiting in Rushford. As he sat in the stores, he entertained people by telling stories. He said, among other things, that he had performed eight amputations of the leg in one day. "Was there a railroad accident ?" inquired a physician present. "Oh, no," was the reply. Mrs. Higgins in making a journey through the West stopped at the place where the doctor lived. Upon her return, as a well known physician was passing the house, she ran out to the gate to tell him of her trip, saying that she had visited at the home of this doctor. "How large is the place where he lives?" inquired the physician. "Oh, it's about the size of East Rushford," said Mrs. Higgins, "but I noticed a peculiarity about the inhabitants—nearly every man had but one leg." When the Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was held in Rushford in October, 1863, Mr. and Mrs. Higgins entertained the renowned Bishop Simpson. The pleasure must have been mutual, since a friendly correspondence ensued.

The children of Orrin T. and Lucia C. Higgins were, a child who died in infancy, Clara Alzina Hapgood who married Frank S. Smith of Angelica, and Frank Wayland who was born in Rushford, August 18, 1856. Frank Wayland Higgins was educated at the Rushford Union School, the Riverview Military Academy at Poughkeepsie and a Commercial College at Binghamton. While in business in Michigan, he married Katherine C. Nobles, daughter of Mrs. Aldura Bell Nobles, who formerly lived in Rushford. Soon after his marriage he removed to Olean, New York, where he resided until his death in 1907. His successes were not simply those of the merchant or banker. He served nine years as State Senator from the Fiftieth District, two years as Lieutenant-Governor, and in 1904 was elected Governor of New York State. In a letter dated December 7, 1904, R. C. Grames, Methodist minister, wrote the following: "Having a knowledge of Frank W. Higgins in his boyhood home, Rushford, and in
his present home, Olean, for once in my life I turned aside from a straight Prohibition ticket, deeming it a privilege to help elect a man who will, I believe, govern this great State in fidelity and integrity and for the best interests of the people." A lady who highly esteemed the late Governor Higgins, said that whenever he did her a favor, it was with so gracious a manner that it seemed as if he were the one who was being favored. On his fiftieth birthday Governor Higgins had a desire to visit the place of his birth, so, with two of his friends, he came in an automobile to Rushford. A picture taken at the time shows him standing on the steps of the house where he was born. This was his last visit to his native town.

Bates Turner Hapgood, Alzina (Taylor) Hapgood, Lucia (Hapgood) Higgins and Orrin Thrall Higgins are all buried in the Rushford Cemetery.


[Broken Link - 20 December 2002]

The Reverend John Joseph Higgins Collection
A Scholarly Collection of a Missioner donated
to Christian Brothers University

by Judge & Mrs. Thomas Aquinas Higgins
    Katherine Higgins Brogden
     Margaret Higgins Thompson 


... Born in 1925, John J. Higgins, the eldest of four
children, was baptized, educated and first received
the sacraments in the Cathedral parish in Nashville.
He attended Father Ryan High School and later was
graduated from Peabody Demonstration School. He
continued his studies at Peabody College until
September, 1945, when he entered the Maryknoll
Seminary in Ossining, New York. At the seminary he was
to receive his Bachelor of Arts and Master of
Religious Education degrees.

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