Edward Wigglesworth

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Edward Wigglesworth (c. 1693—1765) was a clergyman, teacher and theologian in Colonial America.


His father was clergyman and author Michael Wigglesworth (1631–1705).[1] He graduated Harvard College in 1710 and in 1722 he was appointed to the newly created Hollis Chair, thereby becoming the first divinity professor commissioned in the American colonies.[2] He died on January 16, 1765 at age 73 after holding the chair for more than 42 years.[2][3][4]

He married Rebecca Coolidge (died 1754) in 1729. Their children were Rebecca Wigglesworth (1730–1783) who married Stephen Sewall (1734-1804) who was also an educator; Edward Wigglesworth (1732–1794) who became the next Hollis professor at Harvard; Mary Wigglesworth (1735–1758); and Sybil Wigglesworth (1736–1746). His son Edward had a son also named Edward Wigglesworth (1771-1794), and a son Thomas Wigglesworth (1775–1855) who had son also named Edward Wigglesworth (1804–1876).[1]

He was buried at the Phipps Street Burying Ground located in the neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b "Wigglesworth Family Papers: Guide to the Collection". Massachusetts Historical Society. July 1988. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Christian History Institute
  3. ^ [2] Wigglesworth, Edward: Harvard A.B. 1710 by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
  4. ^ Nathaniel Appleton. A Discourse Occasioned By The Much Lamented Death Of The Rev. Edward Wigglesworth, D.D. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-1-161-67648-8.