Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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WIGGLESWORTH, Richard Bowditch (1891-1960)

WIGGLESWORTH, RICHARD BOWDITCH, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., April 25, 1891; was graduated from Milton Academy, Milton, Mass., in 1908, from Harvard University in 1912, and from the law department of the same university in 1916; assistant private secretary to the Governor General of the Philippine Islands in 1913; admitted to the bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; during the First World War served overseas as captain, Battery E, and as commanding officer, First Battalion, Three Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Seventy-sixth Division, 1917-1919; legal adviser to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in charge of foreign loans and railway payments, and secretary of the World War Debt Commission 1922-1924; assistant to the agent general for reparation payments, Berlin, Germany, 1924-1927; general counsel and Paris representative for organizations created under the Dawes plan in 1927 and 1928; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Louis A. Frothingham; reelected to the Seventy-first and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1928, until his resignation November 13, 1958; was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; United States Ambassador to Canada from January 28, 1959, until his death in Boston, Mass., October 22, 1960; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Frank W. Carpenter, 1884-1938, 0.3 linear foot.
Correspondents include Richard B. Wigglesworth.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1909-1962, 69 record cartons and 1 oversize box.
Personal and professional correspondence,campaign memorabilia, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, reports, legislative materials, notebooks, photographs, and publications related to Wigglesworth's career as legal advisor to the Asst. Secretary of the Treasury (1922-24), U.S. representative from Mass. (1928-58), and U.S. ambassador to Canada (1958-60). One particularly well documented aspectof Wigglesworth's career is his role as a member of the Committee of Experts of the Allied Reparations Commission established in 1924 under the Dawes Plan following the default of German reparations payments. Correspondents in the Dawes Plan materials include Douglas Miller, Andrew W. Mellon, and Ogden L. Mills. The papers also contain materials relating to Wigglesworth's World War I military service with the 303rd Field Artillery and his involvement with the Harvard University Alumni Association.

Papers: Autograph Collection, 1935-1960, 1 folder and 1 folder of photocopies.
A small collection of autograph letters written to Richard B. Wigglesworth from U.S. politicians, many offering their congratulations on Wigglesworth's new post as ambassador to Canada in 1958. Correspondents include: Richard M. Nixon, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  • Weeks, Sinclair. Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth: Way-Stations of a Fruitful Life. N.p., 1964.