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Livingston Ludlow Biddle, Jr
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Birth: May 26, 1918
Bryn Mawr
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 3, 2002

The following biography is from contributor, ziaref:

Livingston Ludlow Biddle Jr. was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on May 26, 1918. Livingston Ludlow Biddle Jr. died May 3, 2002. His mother was Euginie Carter Law and father was Livingston Ludlow Biddle Sr. (18771959) of the Biddle family of Philadelphia, who published poems such as The Understanding Hills. Ancestors included grandfather Edward Biddle (18511933) who married Emily Taylor Drexel (18511883), daughter of Anthony Joseph Drexel and great-grandfather Nicholas Biddle (17861844), linking to two major banking families. He attended the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania and St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from Princeton University in 1940, majoring in English and French. He was also on the tennis team.

He went to work as a reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper until World War II broke out. Several of his cousins and uncles were military leaders, but his poor eyesight limited limited his service to driving ambulances in Africa. After the war he wrote short stories and four novels set in Philadelphia. From 1963 to 1965 he worked as staff assistant to Senator Claiborne Pell, who was a classmate from both St. George's and Princeton. He helped draft the legislation creating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the third chairman of the NEA in 1977 and served from 1981.

Biddle married Cordelia Frances Fenton who died in 1972. In 1973 he married artist Catharina Baart (19122005), who had been born in the Netherlands. She taught art in the Washington, D.C. public schools from the 1950s to 1974. His daughter from his first marriage, Cordelia Frances Biddle (born 1947), also became an author. 
Family links: 
  Livingston Ludlow Biddle (1877 - 1959)
  Rosalie Eugenia Carter Law Biddle (1890 - 1980)
  Catharina Baart Biddle (1912 - 2005)
  Cordelia Frances Fenton Biddle (1915 - 1972)*
  Ernest Law Biddle (1918 - 1970)*
  Livingston Ludlow Biddle (1918 - 2002)
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Hill, Terraced Niche 3218.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Oct 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99669967
Livingston Ludlow Biddle, Jr
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Livingston Ludlow Biddle, Jr
Added by: Loretta Castaldi
Livingston Ludlow Biddle, Jr
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