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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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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