Richard Biddle

Richard Biddle (March 25, 1796 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 6, 1847 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American author and politician.

Richard Biddle
Richard Biddle (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Portrait by Thomas Sully, circa 1828. Currently owned by the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1837 – July 21, 1840
Preceded byHarmar Denny
Succeeded byHenry Marie Brackenridge
Personal details
Born(1796-03-25)March 25, 1796
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 6, 1847(1847-07-06) (aged 51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political partyAnti-Masonic
Parent(s)Charles and Hannah Biddle
RelativesSee Biddle family

Richard Biddle received a classical education, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1811,[1] and was admitted to the bar, practicing law in Pittsburgh. He went to England in 1827, and remained three years, publishing while there a critical Review of Captain Basil Hall's Travels in North America. He also published A Memoir of Sebastian Cabot, with a Review of the History of Maritime Discovery (London, 1831).

Biddle was twice elected to Congress, as an Anti-Mason, serving from March 4, 1837, until his resignation on July 21, 1840.[2]

Richard Biddle was the brother of American financier Nicholas Biddle, nephew of Congressman Edward Biddle and uncle of Congressman Charles John Biddle.


  1. ^ "BIDDLE, Richard (1796-1847)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Edgefield Advertiser, June 04, 1840


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by