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John Woodman Higgins
Birth: Sep. 1, 1874
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1961

John Woodman Higgins was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 1, 1874. he was the son of Milton prince and katharine Elizabeth (chapin) Higgins. Except for one year in Atlanta, John Higgins was schooled in Worcester. He was poor in spelling and languages but shared his father's natural talent and interest in mathamatics and mechanics. He also possessed a fascination with metalworking and spent many hours observing blacksmiths, farmers and factory workers at work. Like many of his contemporaries, he was also enchanted by the chivalric tales of knights, a common literary theme at the time.After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute he joined the Plunger Elevator Company with his father. when the company was sold, the two men purchased the Worcester Ferrule and Manufacturing Company, reorganizing it in 1905 as Worcester Pressed Steel Company. When his father died in 1912, John Higgins became president and treasurer, positions he held until 1950 when his oldest son took over. He travelled many times to Europe. He had purchased some copies of armor but in 1928 he purchased a group of armors from Sir Joseph Duveen. This was his first truly significant acquisition and was followed by several equally important purchases during the next decade. He now realized he needed somewhere to house his collection. In 1928 he started work on a building next to the Worcester Pressed Steel Company. It was finished in 1931 at a cost of $300,000.00. It became the Higgins Armor Museum, which is the largest museum in the United States solely devoted to armor. On October 19, 1961 John Woodman Higgins died and was buried in Rural cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts  (bio by: Tom Cummings) 
 
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 Parents:
  Milton Prince Higgins (1842 - 1912)
  Katherine Elizabeth Chapin Higgins (1847 - 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Clara Louise Carter Higgins (1882 - 1972)*
 
 Children:
  Carter Chapin Higgins (1914 - ____)*
  Mary Louise Higgins Wilding-White (1919 - 2007)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Woodman Higgins (1874 - 1961)
  Katherine Elizabeth Higgins Riley (1876 - 1948)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Worcester Rural Cemetery
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Tom Cummings
Record added: Jan 13, 2005
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- William Neill
 Added: Dec. 27, 2013
I enjoyed Higgins Armory. It is too bad that it closed down.
- Butterflyy
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013

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