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BIDDLE, John, soldier, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 March 1789; died in White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, 25 August 1859. He became second lieutenant in the 3d artillery, 6 July 1812, first lieutenant in March 1813, captain in the 42d infantry in October and assistant inspector-general, with the rank of major, on 19 June 1817. He became United States Indian agent at Green Bay, Wisconsin, in February 1821, and resigned in May of the same year. He then removed to Detroit, Mich., and was territorial delegate in congress from 1829 till 1831, when he was appointed register of the land-office in Detroit. Major Biddle traveled extensively in Europe just before his death. He wrote many interesting papers on Michigan history.
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