Edward Biddle, son of William Biddle and Mary (Scull) Biddle, was born in 1738, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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).
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.
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.
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. He served again in 1778.
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.
He had a severe illness in 1775 that left him an invalid, but he continued to serve the cause of freedom from Britain.
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