Charles Biddle

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Charles Biddle
7th Vice-President of Pennsylvania
In office
10 October 1785 – 31 October 1787
Preceded by James Irvine
Succeeded by Peter Muhlenberg
Personal details
Born 1745
Died 1821
Spouse(s) Hannah Shephard

Charles Biddle (1745–1821) was a Pennsylvania statesman and a member of the prominent Biddle family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Early life and career[edit]

Biddle was born in 1745 to William Biddle, 3rd (1698–1756) and Mary Scull (1709–1789). His siblings included:

  • Lydia Biddle (1734–1767), married William Macfunn (died 1768)
  • John "Jacky" Biddle (1736–?) married Sophia Boone
  • Edward Biddle (1738–1779), lawyer, soldier, delegate to the Continental Congress,[1] married Elizabeth Ross, sister of George Ross
  • Charles Biddle (1745–1821)
  • Nicholas Biddle (1750–1778), Revolutionary War Navy captain


Biddle served as Vice-President of Pennsylvania from October 10, 1785 until October 31, 1787. During his term, he was an ex officio trustee of the University of the State of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pennsylvania). He was a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from 1810 to 1814.[2] He also was an associate of Aaron Burr.

Although Biddle vacated his seat at Council on October 13, 1787 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania records that his Vice-Presidential term extended to October 31, the date of the next Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections. Biddle was elected Secretary of the Council on October 23.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Hannah Shephard and had 10 children, including:[3][better source needed]


  1. ^ "BIDDLE, Edward - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  2. ^ Cox, Harold. "Senate Members C". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  3. ^ "Charles Biddle biography". Find A Grave website. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sebastian Levan
Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania,
representing Berks County

30 October 1784 – 13 October 1787
Succeeded by
James Read
Preceded by
James Irvine
Vice-President of Pennsylvania
10 October 1785 – 31 October 1787
Succeeded by
Peter Muhlenberg