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Thomas Biddle

  • Birth 21 Nov 1790 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 29 Aug 1831 Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Sec 12, Biddle
  • Memorial ID 9349

United States Army Officer. A hero of the War of 1812. Thomas Biddle came from the famous Biddle family of Philadelphia. His father, Captain Charles Biddle, was a member of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Philadephia, and his brother, Nicholas Biddle, was a banker. During the War of 1812, Biddle was commissioned as a captain in the infantry. He saw action at Fort George and Stony Creek and was wounded at Fort Erie and again in the Battle of Lundy's Lane. In 1820, Major Biddle was assigned to St. Louis, Missouri where he made his home. He is most famous for the Biddle-Pettis duel. Congressman Spencer Pettis, an opponent of the U.S. Bank, publicly criticized Biddle's brother Nicholas Biddle, its president. Biddle then went to Pettis' hotel room in St. Louis where he whipped Pettis with a piece of cowhide. Later, Pettis won re-election to Congress by a wide margin, and in 1831, Pettis challenged Biddle to a duel. Biddle, who was nearsighted, set the terms of dual at five feet. They met on August 27, 1831 at Bloody Island (a sandbar in the Mississippi River outside the jurisdiction of local authorities) and both men were mortally wounded. Pettis died the following day while Biddle died two days later. Major Thomas Biddle was buried with military honors.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9349
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Biddle (21 Nov 1790–29 Aug 1831), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9349, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .