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RIDDLE, George Reade, senator, born in Newcastle, Delaware, in 1817; died in Washington, D. C., 29 March, 1867. He was educated at Delaware college, studied engineering, and engaged in locating and constructing railroads and canals in different states. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and was deputy attorney-general of Newcastle county till 1850. In 1849 he was appointed a commissioner to retrace Mason and Dixon's line. (See Mason, CHARLES.) He was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 1 December, 1851, till 3 March, 1855, and was afterward chosen United States senator in place of James A. Bayard, serving from 2 February, 1864, till 29 March, 1867. Mr. Riddle was a delegate to the Democratic national conventions of 1844, 1848, and 1856.
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