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Biddle, Charles J. (Charles John), 1819-1873



  • Existence: 1819 - 1873

Biographical History

Charles J. Biddle (1819-1873) was an American soldier, lawyer, and Congressman.

Charles John Biddle was born April 30, 1819 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Nicholas Biddle and Jane Margaret Craig. Biddle studide law at Princeton, where he graduated in 1837. He was admitted to the bar in 1840. He served as a captain of an infantry unit during the Mexican-American war, and was eventually promoted to the rank of major. After the war, Biddle returned to Philadelphia to continue practicing law. He married Mary Emma Mather in 1854. Together they had 7 children. In May 1861, following the outbreak of the American Civil War, Biddle was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania reserves. Eventually he rose to the rank of colonel, commanding the 42nd Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry. In October 1861 Biddle was elected to the Thirty-seventh United States Congress. He resigned from the Army in February 1862. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1873.

His Eulogy upon the Hon. George Mifflin Dallas, 1865: t.p. (Charles J. Biddle)

McClellan, G.B. Soldiers read! Letter from Gen. McClellan, 1863: t.p. (Hon. Chas. J. Biddle)

MoSU-L/NLT files (hdg.: Biddle, Charles John, 1819-1873)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Thomas L. Kane papers on the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 1861-1906

 Sub-Series — Box 60: Series 5; Series 6; Series 8 [Barcode: 31197232569985], Folder: 39-40
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 5 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains letters, telegraphs, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to the formation of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Contains information on his role in the unit, and conflicts with Charles J. Biddle. Materials date from between 1861 and 1906.

Dates: 1861-1906