Richard Bowditch "Dick" Wigglesworth (April 25, 1891 – October 22, 1960) was an American football player and coach and United States Representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Boston. He graduated from Milton Academy in 1908.
Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth
|6th United States Ambassador to Canada|
December 15, 1958 – October 19, 1960
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Livingston T. Merchant|
|Succeeded by||Livingston T. Merchant|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
November 6, 1928 – November 13, 1958
|Preceded by||Louis A. Frothingham|
|Succeeded by||James A. Burke|
|Constituency||14th district (1928–33)|
13th district (1933–58)
|Born||April 25, 1891|
|Died||October 22, 1960 (aged 69)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
Harvard Law School
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1917–1919|
|Commands||First Battalion, Three Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Seventy-sixth Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Wigglesworth graduated from Harvard in 1912, and from Harvard Law School in 1916. He also served as a graduate coach of the Harvard football team starting in 1912. He was assistant private secretary to the Governor General of the Philippine Islands. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston.
During World War I he served overseas as captain, Battery E, and as commanding officer, First Battalion, Three Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Seventy-sixth Division, 1917–1919. He served as 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. He was assistant to the agent general for reparation payments, Berlin, Germany 1924–1927. He was general counsel and Paris representative for organizations created under the Dawes plan in 1927 and 1928.
Wigglesworth was elected as a Republican to the Seventieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Louis A. Frothingham. He was reelected to the Seventy-first and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1928, until his resignation November 13, 1958. Wigglesworth voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He served as United States Ambassador to Canada from December 15, 1958, until his death in Boston on October 22, 1960. His interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.
- "Harvard Graduate Coaches Crimson". The Fort Wayne Daily News. November 2, 1912.
- "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.
- "Richard B. Wigglesworth Dead; Ambassador to Canada Was 69; Served Massachusetts for 16 Consecutive Terms In House -- Named Envoy in '58". The New York Times. October 23, 1960.
- "Ambassador to Canada Dies". The Greeley Daily Tribune. October 22, 1960.
- "Richard B. Wigglesworth: U.S. Ambassador to Canada Dies At Boston". Ottawa Citizen. October 24, 1960.
- United States Congress. "Richard B. Wigglesworth (id: W000450)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.