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Clement Biddle
Portrait of Biddle
Born (1740-05-10)May 10, 1740
Died July 14, 1814(1814-07-14) (aged 74)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service –1780
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel

American Revolutionary War

Other work United States Marshals Service

Colonel Clement Biddle (May 10, 1740 – July 14, 1814) was an American Revolutionary War soldier.


Biddle was born May 10, 1740 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Biddle (1707–1789) and Sarah Owen (1711–1773).[1] He was the younger brother of Owen Biddle, Sr. (1737–1799).

Biddle was a part of the Society of Friends and helped organize the "Quaker Blues", a company of volunteers.[1]

Biddle's first marriage was to Mary Richardson on June 6, 1764.[2] They had one child, Francis, who died at childbirth.[2] His second marriage was to Rebekah Cornell, the daughter of Rhode Island Chief Justice Gideon Cornell.[2] They had four children: Frances (died at infancy), Thomas (born June 4, 1776), George Washington (February 21, 1779 – 1812), and Mary (born January 12, 1781).[2]

During the American Revolutionary War, Biddle fought in the Battle of Princeton, the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. He was the Commissary General at Valley Forge under George Washington, and his headquarters was at Moore Hall.[3] Biddle resigned from the Army in 1780.[1] In 1781, Biddle was made quarter-master general of the Pennsylvanian troops.

After the Revolutionary War, he was the first U.S. Marshal (1789–1793) for Pennsylvania.[4]

In the 1790 census, Biddle's jobs were "Notary, Scrivener, and Broker" which made him a rich man.[4]

He died in Philadelphia on July 14, 1814.[1]

See also

  • Biddle family


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brown, John Howard; Johnson, Rossiter (1904). The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans. The Biographical Society. ISBN 1-172-21564-2. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Glenn, Thomas Allen (1896). Merion in the Welsh tract: With sketches of the townships of Haverford and Radnor. Historical and genealogical collections concerning the Welsh barony in the province of Pennsylvania, settled by the Cymric Quakers in 1682. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 143. ISBN 0-8063-0429-4. 
  3. "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02.  Note: This includes Eleanor Winsor and Harvey Freedenberg (August 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Moore Hall" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The First Marshal of Pennsylvania: Clement Biddle". United States Marshals Service. Retrieved May 31, 2008. 

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