His father was clergyman and author Michael Wigglesworth (1631–1705). 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. He died on January 16, 1765 at age 73 after holding the chair for more than 42 years.
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).
- "Wigglesworth Family Papers: Guide to the Collection". Massachusetts Historical Society. July 1988. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
-  Christian History Institute
-  Wigglesworth, Edward: Harvard A.B. 1710 by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
- 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.
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