John Woodman Higgins

John Woodman Higgins

Birth
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 19 Oct 1961 (aged 87)
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 10319881 · View Source
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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 mathematics 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 tales of chivalry 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 traveled 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



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  • Created by: Tom Cummings
  • Added: 13 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10319881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Woodman Higgins (1 Sep 1874–19 Oct 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10319881, citing Worcester Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Tom Cummings (contributor 41886604) .