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Maj William Shepard Biddle, II
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Birth: May 14, 1863
Grosse Ile
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1938
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

William Shepard Biddle, II grew up in Grosse Ile, Wayne County, Michigan. Where his father owned valuable farm land and became an important man in both state and federal politics.

William applied for and received entry into the United States Military Academy at West Point about 1881, and was graduated in 1885.

He met his future wife later when assigned to Fort Vancover. Many of the Fort's officers were billeted in Portland. [The Fort had fallen onto hard times and was not being maintained in a serviceable state by Congress].

On the 22 of December 1887, Miss Margaret Alden Burrell and Lt. William Shepard Biddle,II were wed at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 6th and Oak Street in downtown Portland, Oregon. This was a short walk from her parent's home.

After leaving the Army as a Major in the Adjudant General's Office he moved to Clackamas County, Oregon and started farming.

William Shepard Biddle, II and his wife were divorced. His wife is buried in Sec. 3, Lot 13, Grave 4, Riverview Cemetry, 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd., Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA. Her father and mother and other members of the family are buried in either the Burrell, or Montgomery plots located at Riverview Cemetery.

He died, 11 July 1938 at the U.S. Veterans Hospital, Portland, Oregon and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Before his death he had been living at his farm in Sunnyside, Clackamas County, Oregon not far from Portland, Oregon.

His father, Major William Shepard Biddle, Sr. was graduated at Princeton College. Afterwards he entered the United States Army and during much of the War of 1812, was a Captain of artillery and then promoted to the rank of Major. He served with distinction under General Scott on the Niagara frontier. It was during a portion of this time William found himself attached to the General's staff. Friendship developed and they continued through life on confidential terms. His brother, Major Thomas Biddle, was also in the United States Army and served in the same campaigns; while an older brother, Commodore James Biddle, became celebrated for his conduct in the United States Navy. He remained attached to the Navy throughout his life and found himself engaged in many note worthy enterprises. At the close of the war, Major Biddle, Sr. was stationed at Detroit. After some years in Detroit, he resigned and retired to civilian life. Soon he was appointed to suppervise the disposal of United States owned lands in the Detroit area. He aquired choice lands with his special knowledge.

His political life continued to grow throughout the remainder of his life. He found himself engaged on the local, state and national levels.


 
 
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 Parents:
  William Shepard Biddle (1830 - 1901)
  Susan Dayton Ogden Biddle (1831 - 1878)
 
 Spouse:
  Margaret Alden Burrell Biddle (1876 - 1966)
 
 Children:
  William Shepard Biddle (1900 - 1981)*
  Martin Burrell Biddle (1902 - 1957)*
 
 Sibling:
  Eliza Bradish Biddle Williams (1857 - 1938)*
  William Shepard Biddle (1863 - 1938)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec. 6, Grave 9143
 
Created by: Martin Burrell
Record added: May 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37605520
Maj William Shepard Biddle, II
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Maj William Shepard Biddle, II
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Maj William Shepard Biddle, II
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