He was born into an ecclesiastical family — his father was George Bidwell, sometime Rector of Simpson, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom — and educated at Bradfield and Wadham College, Oxford. Ordained in 1892 he was successively headmaster of the Preparatory School, Leamington College and then the Cathedral Grammar School, Peterborough. In 1903 he emigrated to Canada to be headmaster of Bishop's College School, Lennoxville before being appointed Dean of Ontario in 1909, a post he held for eight years. From 1913 he was Bishop suffragan of Kingston and coadjutor bishop to William Mills in the Diocese of Ontario until he succeeded Mills as Bishop of Ontario in 1917.
- The Times, Friday, Aug 15, 1941; pg. 7; Issue 49005; col G Obituary The Rt Rev E.J. Bidwell
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975/6 Lambeth, Church House Publishing 0108153674
- Bidwell, Edward John. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
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