Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814

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Birth 1740-05-10
Death 1814-07-14

Biographical notes:

Revolutionary patriot.

From the description of Document signed : [n.p.], 1792 July 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874585

Army officer and merchant.

From the description of Clement Biddle correspondence, 1786. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450649

Biddle informs Wharm that he is going to advertise in Washington and Philadelphia newspapers for a missing letter he sent to Wharm containing two certificates of transfer to General Pinckney.

From the description of ALS : Philadelphia, to William Wharm, 1807 Oct. 14. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122525152

Clement Biddle (1740-1814) was a Quaker businessman in Philadelphia both before and after the American Revolution. He entered into his father's import/export firm at an early age, but from 1765 on pursued patriotic interests. In 1775 he helped to organize a Philadelphia volunteer regiment, the "Quaker Blues." Then in July 1776, he accepted a congressional appointment as deputy quartermaster-general in the Army with the rank of colonel. Serving under both General Washington and General Greene, Biddle participated in several battles. Biddle resumed life as a Philadelphia merchant in 1780, though he did also assume several government posts over the years. As a friend of Washington, he was a natural person to assist the General as his factor.

From the description of Biddle letter book #45, 1785-1788 [microform]. (George Washington Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens). WorldCat record id: 707738488


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  • Army officers
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