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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesPennsylvania

Richard BIDDLE

(1796-1847)

BIDDLE, Richard, (nephew of Edward Biddle and uncle of Charles John Biddle), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 25, 1796; pursued classical studies; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1811; served as a volunteer in the Washington Guards during the War of 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1817 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh the same year; went to England in 1827, remained there three years, and published works upon American discovery and travel; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1837, until his resignation in 1840; resumed the practice of law in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he died on July 6, 1847; interment in Allegheny Cemetery.

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

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