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Joseph Franklin BIDDLE

(1871-1936)

BIDDLE, Joseph Franklin, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Bedford, Bedford County, Pa., September 14, 1871; educated in the public schools; was graduated from Millersville State Teachers’ College at Millersville, Pa., in 1894 and from the law department of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1897; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Bedford, Pa.; moved to Everett, Pa., in 1903 and engaged in the practice of law and in newspaper publishing; moved to Huntingdon, Pa., in 1918 and engaged in the printing and publishing business and in banking; member of the Pennsylvania Publishers’ Association 1924-1936; director of the National Editorial Association 1926-1936; member of the Republican State committee 1932-1936; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward M. Beers and served from November 8, 1932, to March 3, 1933; was not a candidate for election to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932; resumed the printing and newspaper publishing business in Huntingdon, Pa., where he died on December 3, 1936; interment in Trinity Churchyard, Friends’ Cove, near Bedford, Pa.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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