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Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth
6th United States Ambassador to Canada

In office
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
from Massachusetts

In office
November 6, 1928 – November 13, 1958
Preceded by Louis A. Frothingham (14th)
Robert Luce (13th)
Succeeded by Joseph William Martin Jr. (14th)
James A. Burke (13th)
Constituency 14th district (1928–33)
13th district (1933–58)
Personal details
Born April 25, 1891
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 22, 1960(1960-10-22) (aged 69)
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Alma mater
Harvard University
Harvard Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1917–1919
Rank Captain
Unit Seventy-sixth Division
Commands First Battalion, Three Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Seventy-sixth Division
Battles/wars World War I

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.

He attended Harvard University, where he was the starting quarterback for the Harvard Crimson football team from 1909 to 1911.

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.[1] 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. He served as United States Ambassador to Canada from December 15, 1958, until his death in Boston on October 22, 1960.[2] His interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Wigglesworth married Florence Joyes Booth in 1931, and they had three daughters, Ann, Mary and Jane.[3][4]


  1. "Harvard Graduate Coaches Crimson". November 2, 1912. 
  2. "Richard B. Wigglesworth Dead; Ambassador to Canada Was 69; Served Massachusetts for 16 Consecutive Terms In House -- Named Envoy in '58". October 23, 1960. 
  3. "Ambassador to Canada Dies". October 22, 1960. 
  4. "Richard B. Wigglesworth: U.S. Ambassador to Canada Dies At Boston". October 24, 1960.,2159852&dq=wigglesworth+harvard&hl=en. 

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Louis A. Frothingham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th congressional district

November 6, 1928 – March 3, 1933
Succeeded by
Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Preceded by
Robert Luce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – November 13, 1958
Succeeded by
James A. Burke
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Livingston T. Merchant
United States Ambassador to Canada
January 28, 1959 – October 22, 1960
Succeeded by
Livingston T. Merchant

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