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Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth was a United States Representative from Massachusettsmarker. He was born in Bostonmarker on April 25, 1891. He graduated from Milton Academymarker in 1908, from Harvard Universitymarker in 1912, and from the its law schoolmarker in 1916. He was assistant private secretary to the Governor General of the Philippine Islandsmarker. 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, Germanymarker 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. He served as United States Ambassador to Canada from January 28, 1959, until his death in Boston on October 22, 1960. His interment was in Arlington National Cemeterymarker.




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