FRANCIS W. HIGGINS, the thirty-eighth governor of New York, was born in Rushford, New York on August 18, 1856. His education was attained at Rushford Academy, and at the Riverview Military Academy, where he graduated in 1873. Before establishing his political career, he worked in the oil industry in Chicago and Denver, and eventually became involved in the family’s grocery business. Higgins first entered politics in 1894, serving as a member of the New York State Senate, a position he held eight years. He also served as the lieutenant governor of New York from 1903 to 1905. Higgins next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 8, 1904. During his tenure, state election laws were improved; state expenditures were controlled; and insurance legislation was revised. After completing his term, Higgins retired from political life. Governor Frank W. Higgins passed away on February 15, 1907 and was buried in the Mt. View Cemetery in Olean, New York.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.
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