Wigglesworth Dole

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Wigglesworth Dole
Born (1779-11-17)November 17, 1779
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Died June 16, 1845(1845-06-16) (aged 65)
Canaan, Maine
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Haskell
Children Daniel Dole
Three others

Wigglesworth Dole (November 17, 1779 – June 16, 1845) was a patriarch of an influential American family.


Wigglesworth Dole was born November 17, 1779 in Newburyport, Massachusetts and then moved to Maine.[1] His father was Nathaniel Dole (1739–1790) and his mother was Mary Noyes (1740–1824). He was the youngest of eight children.[2] The given name of Wigglesworth might seem unusual today, but in the 18th century a well-known family of educators in New England had descended from Michael Wigglesworth (1631–1705). An older brother Samuel Dole (1778–?) married Katherine Wigglesworth (1780–?) who was Michael Wigglesworth's great-granddaughter. Their grandson was painter Enoch Wood Perry, Jr. (1831–1915).[3] Another older brother Ebenezer Dole (1776–1847) became an early anti-slavery activist in Hallowell, Maine.[4]

Dole married Elizabeth Haskell on March 11, 1807.[5] She was born August 30, 1788 in Deer Isle, Maine and died in 1877. They had four children, and lived in an area called Bloomfield, later called Skowhegan, Maine. Dole worked as a cabinet maker and kept a small farm, while serving as Deacon of a Congregational Church.[6] He died on June 16, 1845 in Canaan, Maine (also called Bloomfield at the time) .[7]

First-born son Daniel Dole (1808–1878) became a missionary to the Hawaiian Islands, and founding principal of Punahou School.[8] Daniel's son Sanford Ballard Dole became the first Governor of the Territory of Hawaii.

Second son Nathan Dole (1811–1855) had sons Charles Fletcher Dole (1845–1927) and Nathan Haskell Dole (1852–1935). Great-grandson James Drummond Dole (1877–1958) founded what became the Dole Food Company.

Not much is known about daughter Elizabeth Dole (1815–1863). Isaiah Dole was born May 23, 1819, married Elizabeth Todd Pearson August 18, 1844, and died May 17, 1892. He had a son Edmund Pearson Dole (1850–1928) and daughter who married William J. Sewall.[9]

Daniel, Nathan and Isaiah all graduated from Bowdoin College.[8]


  1. ^ Edward Solon Goodhue (1900). "President Dole". Beneath Hawaiian palms and stars. The Editor publishing company. pp. 143–162. 
  2. ^ Steve Condarcure. "Genealogy Data Page 2235". Genealogy of New England web site. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Rossiter Johnson; John Howard Brown (1904). The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans. The Biographical Society. p. 294. 
  4. ^ Emma Huntington Nason (1909). Old Hallowell on the Kennebec. Press of Burleigh & Flynt. pp. 163–166. 
  5. ^ "Seventh Generation". Haskell Family in North America - Descendants of William Haskell and Elinor Foule. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ Charles Fletcher Dole (1927). My eighty years. E.P. Dutton & company. p. 4. 
  7. ^ J. W. Hanson. History of the old towns, Norridgewock and Canaan: comprising Norridgewock, Canaan, Starks, Skowhegan and Bloomfield from their early settlement to the year 1849. p. 363. 
  8. ^ a b Nehemiah Cleaveland; Alpheus Spring Packard (1882). History of Bowdoin college: With biographical sketches of its graduates, from 1806 to 1879, inclusive. J. R. Osgood & Company. pp. 487–488. 
  9. ^ Bowdoin College Library (1895). Bowdoin College Library bulletin including the obituary record and the reports of the librarian: No. 1-4. June 1891-June 1895. Bowdoin College Library. p. 87. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Descendants of Deacon Wigglesworth Dole. Norridgewock Historical Society.