Member Biography

Charles Biddle 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1810-1811       1 Federalist
1811-1812       1 Federalist
1812-1813       1 Federalist
1813-1814       1 Federalist


12/24/1745 - 04/18/1821

Charles Biddle (Federalist1) Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County 1810-1814

Early Life:

Charles Biddle, born December 24, 1745, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of William and Mary Scull Biddle, mariner merchant’s apprentice, 1759, Beaufort, North Carolina; merchant captain, 1762-1778; served, Revolution; married, Hannah Shepard, 1778, children, Mary Biddle, Nicholas Biddle (died in infancy), William Shepard Biddle, James Biddle, Edward Biddle, Nicholas Biddle, Charles Biddle Jr., Thomas Biddle, John Biddle, Richard Biddle; removed, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1780; continued military service; elected, Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, 1784; vice president, Pennsylvania Supreme Council, 1785-1787; secretary, Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, 1787-1791; prothonotary, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, 1791-1809, elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1810-1814; founder, Pennsylvania Academy, Fine Arts, 1805; charter member, Society of Cincinnati, 1783; treasurer, Society of Cincinnati, 1811; director, Bank of Philadelphia, 1793-1821; died, April 4, 1821; interment, Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Life:
Joined, Captain Joseph Cowperthwait's Pennsylvania Militia Company, Quaker Light Infantry; Served, under his brother, Commodore Nicholas Biddle, aboard the United States Ship Randolph. USS Randolph, 32-gun frigate, Continental Navy; named, Founding Father, Peyton Randolph, president, First Continental Congress. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Ex officio trustee, University of the State of Pennsylvania (now, University of Pennsylvania) during his term, Vice-President of Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council; founder, Pennsylvania Academy, Fine Arts, 1805; charter member, Society of Cincinnati, 1783; treasurer, Society of Cincinnati, 1811; Director, Bank of Philadelphia, 1793-1821.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, 1784.

Vice-President, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, (equivalent, Lieutenant-Governor) under Presidents John Dickerson, Benjamin Franklin, 1784-1785.

Secretary, Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council, 1787-1791. 

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia City and Philadelphia County, 1810-1814. Son, Nicholas Biddle, elected, 1814.


Son, Nicholas Biddle, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st district, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County, 1814-1817; President, Second United States Bank. 

Nicholas Biddle  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (

Son, James Biddle, Commodore, United States Navy

Son, Edward Biddle, Midshipman, United States Navy. Buried At Sea.

Son, Thomas Biddle, Major, War of 1812, United States Army; hero who died after a duel with a Missouri Congressman over a perceived insult to his brother Nicholas.

Son, John Biddle, Major, United States Army, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1827-1828.

Son, Richard Biddle, Pennsylvania Congressman, United States House of Representatives, 1837-1840.

Nephew, Marks John Biddle, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5thd district, Berks and Schuylkill Counties 1816-1819. Major, Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment, 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Militia, 1794 Marks John Biddle  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

A New Nation Votes (

Charles Biddle (1745-1821), University of Pennsylvania Archives

Charles Biddle (1745-1821) - Find a Grave Memorial