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Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr
Birth: Dec. 17, 1897
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1961
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

US Ambassador. US Major General. A member of one of Pennsylvania's leading families, he was a businessman, sportsman, diplomat and soldier. He enjoyed boxing, tennis, fencing, skiing and boating. He enlisted in the New York Calvary during World War I and was promoted to captain. He joined the diplomatic service in 1935 when he was appointed as Minister of Norway, a post he left in 1937 to become the Ambassador to Poland. With the Polish government, he and his wife escaped as the Germans overran the country; traveling to France where he served as France's interim ambassador in 1940. When the exiled Polish government set up residency in London in 1941, he was also commissioned as the minister of the Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. In 1942, he was appointed Ambassador to all of these countries, and Belgium, and served as such until 1943. He resigned in 1944 and returned to active duty; serving on the planning staff for Operation Overload. After the war, he held other staff positions, as liaison and chief of staff. In 1955, while serving as the Adjutant General of his native state, he was promoted to brigadier general. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. From March to October 1961, he was the Ambassador to Spain. (bio by: Thom Painter) 
 
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 Parents:
  Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1874 - 1948)
  Cordelia Bradley Biddle (1873 - 1947)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Lillian Duke Biddle (1887 - 1960)*
  Margaret Atkinson Biddle Robbins (1915 - 2013)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Duke Biddle Semans (1920 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1897 - 1961)
  Cordelia Drexel Biddle Robertson (1898 - 1984)*
  Livingston Ludlow Biddle (1899 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 30 Lot 1172 Grid S-37
 
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Record added: Oct 16, 2001
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Thank You for your service Anthony, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Dec. 23, 2013

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Dec. 17, 2013

- Doug Lind
 Added: Oct. 23, 2013
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