HIGGINS, Anthony (1840-1912)

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; 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.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Oliver Lyman Spaulding papers, 1861-1921.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Items in A.C. Gordon and Wise family papers. Finding aid.

  • Higgins, John C. The Life and Services of Hon. Anthony Higgins. Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1913.