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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.

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

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