Edward Biddle

Edward Biddle (1738 - 1779)

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Categories: American Founding Fathers | Signers of the Continental Association | Civil Service, American Revolution.

Edward Biddle was a Civil Servant in the American Revolution




Edward Biddle, son of William Biddle and Mary (Scull) Biddle, was born in 1738, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]


Edward was a student at the Academy of Philadelphia, from 1752-1755. The Academy had opened its doors in 1751, with the purpose of preparing students to attend a college later. He was considered an able student and for a time was an assistant in the Academy's English School. Although Edward didn't attend college, he later (1779) became a trustee of the Academy and the College of Philadelphia (later the University of Pennsylvania).[2][3]

Military Service

In 1754, eager to defend his country, Edward joined the provincial forces, to fight in the French and Indian War. He enlisted as an ensign. He was promoted to Lieutenant and later to Captain, before the war ended in 1763, at which time Edward left the service.[1][4]

Marriage and Law Practice

Edward married Elizabeth Ross June 6, 1761. The war over, Edward studied law in the offices of his brother-in-law George Ross. He practiced law in Reading, Pennsylvania, after being admitted to the bar in 1767.[1]

Pennsylvania Assembly

Edward served as Berks County's member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, beginning 1767, and running continuously until 1775. He spent one of those years, 1774, as speaker.[5] He served again in 1778.[6]


Edward Biddle along with 55 other delegates from twelve of the colonies met together in 1774 as the First Continental Congress. Delegate Biddle was a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Rights, and he later oversaw the printing of the resolutions passed by the Congress.[1]

He was a member of the provincial convention held at Philadelphia in 1775, and a member of the Second Continental Convention in 1775.[6]


He had a severe illness in 1775 that left him an invalid,[7] but he continued to serve the cause of freedom from Britain.

Edward died at Chatsworth, near Baltimore, Maryland, September 5, 1779; He was buried at St. Paul's Churchyard, Baltimore, Maryland[6]. He and Elizabeth had no children.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Edward Biddle" Wikipedia Article
  2. "From Franklin's Vision to Academy to University of Pennsylvania". University of Pennsylvania University Archives and Records Center.
  3. [http://www.archives.upenn.edu/people/1700s/biddle_edward.html "PENN BIOGRAPHIES : Edward Biddle (1738-1779)." University of Pennsylvania University Archives and Records Center.
  4. There seems to be an overlap here: he attended school until 1755, but joined the army in 1754.
  5. Linn, John B and Wm. H. Egle (editors). Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series. Vol. 9. Harrisburg: Lane S. Hart, 1880.At Genweb
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "BIDDLE, Edward, (1738 - 1779)"Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  7. Annotation Letter "To George Washington from Edward Biddle, 16 February 1776"

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On 9 Sep 2014 at 16:37 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

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