Frank W. Higgins

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Frank W. Higgins
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35th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1905 – December 31, 1906
Lieutenant M. Linn Bruce (1905–1906)
John Raines (acting) (1906)
Preceded by Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr.
Succeeded by Charles Evans Hughes
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1903 – December 31, 1904
Governor Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr.
Preceded by Timothy L. Woodruff
Succeeded by Matthew Linn Bruce
Member of the New York Senate
from the 50th district
In office
January 1, 1896 – December 31, 1902
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Albert T. Fancher
Member of the New York Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
January 1, 1894 – December 31, 1895
Preceded by James T. Edwards
Succeeded by George R. Malby
Personal details
Born Frank Wayland Higgins
(1856-08-18)August 18, 1856
Rushford, New York, U.S.
Died February 12, 1907(1907-02-12) (aged 50)
Olean, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican

Frank Wayland Higgins (August 18, 1856 – February 12, 1907) was an American politician who served as the 35th Governor of New York.


Higgins was born in Rushford, New York on August 18, 1856, the son of Orrin Thrall and Lucia Cornelia Higgins. Given the first name "Francis" at birth", he called himself "Frank" from an early age. Higgins' father was a successful merchant who owned a chain of grocery stores in Olean, New York and held mining and timber tracts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota. Frank Higgins attended Rushford Academy and then Riverview Academy, a military school in Peekskill, New York, from which he graduated in 1873. He then attended a commercial college in Binghamton, New York.

After completing his education Higgins worked as a sales agent for an oil company in Detroit and Chicago, and then became a partner in the Stanton, Michigan mercantile firm of Wood, Thayer, and Company. In 1879 Higgins returned to New York and became a partner in his father's business.

He was a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention. In 1894 Higgins was elected to the New York Senate, and he served for eight years, sitting in the 117th, 118th (both 32nd D.), 119th, 120th, 121st, 122nd, 123rd, 124th and 125th New York State Legislatures (all seven 50th D.).

In 1902 Higgins was the successful Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, and he served one term, 1903-04.

Higgins was the successful Republican nominee for governor in 1904, and he served one term, 1905-06.

Higgins was in ill health when he left office, and he died of heart disease in Olean on February 12, 1907, just six weeks after leaving office. Higgins was buried at Mount View Cemetery in Olean.


  • [1] The Rep. nominees, New York Times, September 16, 1904

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
James T. Edwards
New York State Senate
32nd District

Succeeded by
George R. Malby
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
50th District

Succeeded by
Albert T. Fancher
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy L. Woodruff
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
M. Linn Bruce
Preceded by
Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.
Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Charles Evans Hughes