Born in Chesterfield, Massachusetts, Higgins attended the public schools of Chesterfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, and Deerfield (Massachusetts) Academy. He was graduated from the medical department of the University of the City of New York in 1890 and commenced the practice of medicine in Willington, Connecticut, the same year. He moved to South Coventry, Connecticut, in 1891. He served in the State house of representatives 1905–1907, 1917, 1919–1921, and 1925–1927. He served as member of the State senate 1909–1911. He was the first selectman of Coventry, Connecticut from 1917–1932. He was the county commissioner of Tolland County, Connecticut from 1921–1932. He was the secretary of state from 1928–1932. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1928, 1932, and 1936.
Higgins was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress. He resumed the practice of medicine in South Coventry, Connecticut. He died in Norwich, Connecticut, November 19, 1951 (aged 84). He remains were cremated and interred in Chesterfield Center Cemetery, Chesterfield, Massachusetts.
- United States Congress. "William L. Higgins (id: H000580)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- William L. Higgins at Find a Grave
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