Member Biography

Marks John Biddle 


Portrait: Philadelphia North American, “The Dundas Family,” Feb. 23, 1913




Sessions Office Position District Party
1816-1817       5 Federalist
1817-1818       5 Federalist
1818-1819       5 Federalist

COUNTIES: Berks, Schuylkill  


05/24/1765 - 08/11/1849

Major Marks John Biddle (Federalist5) Berks and Schuylkill Counties 1816-1819

Early Life:

Major Marks John Biddle, born May 24, 1765, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of James and Frances Marks Biddle; pursued business, studied law within the Biddle family; admitted, Reading, Philadelphia bars, 1788; married, Jane Dundas, 1793; proprietor, Biddle’s Spring Tavern; Major, Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment, 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Militia, 1794; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1816-1819; appointed, prothonotary, Berks County, 1821-1823; various business pursuits; died,  August 11, 1849, (age 84), Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania; interment Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Proprietor, Biddle’s Spring Tavern, purchased from the Penn family. Major, Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment, 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Militia, 1794.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 5th district, Berks and Schuylkill Counties, 1816-1819.

Appointed, prothonotary, Berks County, Governor Joseph Hiester, 1821-1823


Nephew, Pennsylvania State Senator Charles Biddle, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, 1810-1814.

Wife, Jane Dundas, niece, Sir Ralph Dundas, Major-General, British Army.


Biography: Biddle, Craig, Autobiography of Charles Biddle (Philadelphia, E. Claxton and Company, 1883).