William J. Higgins
William John Higgins (1880 – October 7, 1943) was a lawyer, judge and political figure in Newfoundland. He represented St. John's East in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1913 to 1928 as a member of the Newfoundland People's Party, Liberal Progressive party, Liberal-Labour-Progressive party and the Liberal-Conservative Progressive Party.
He was born in St. John's and was educated there. He worked as a clerk for a time and then studied law with Charles O'Neill Conroy, son of James Gervé Conroy. Higgins was called to the Newfoundland bar in 1910. He excelled in sports: he rowed in the Royal St. John's Regatta from 1901 to 1908, was the Newfoundland champion in the mile run for two years, was president of a number of sports leagues and president of the Newfoundland Amateur Athletic Association. Higgins served as speaker for the Newfoundland assembly from 1918 to 1919. He was leader of the Liberal-Labour-Progressive Party from 1923 to 1924. Higgins served in the Newfoundland Executive Council as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. After he retired from politics in 1928, he was named a judge in the Newfoundland Supreme Court.
His son Gordon served in the Canadian House of Commons.
- Smallwood, Joseph R (1984). Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador v. 2. pp. 545–46. ISBN 0-9693422-2-5. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
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