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Encyclopedia > William P. Biddle
William P. Biddle
December 15, 1853 - February 24, 1923

11th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1910-1914)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death Nice, France
Allegiance USMC
Years of service 1875-1914
Rank Major General
Commands Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Battle of Manila Bay
Boxer Rebellion

Major General William Phillips Biddle (15 December 185325 February 1923), the 11th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, was a member of the prominent Philadelphia Biddle family, and was educated in private schools in the Philadelphia area, by touring and at the University of Pennsylvania. December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Night view along the Promenade des Anglais This article is about the city. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reporting to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. ... The Battle of Manila Bay took place on 1 May 1898 during the Spanish-American War. ... Combatants Eight-Nation Alliance (ordered by contribution): Japan Russia United Kingdom France United States Germany Italy Austria-Hungary Righteous Harmony Society Qing China Commanders Edward Seymour Alfred Gaselee Ci Xi Strength 20,000 initially 49,000 total Over 100,000 Casualties 230 foreigners, thousands of civilians Unknown This article is... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reporting to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the City That Loves You Back, the Quaker City, The Birthplace of America Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D... The American Biddle family yielded several people of interest to history: Nicholas Biddle (1750-1778) Edward Biddle Nicholas Biddle Richard Biddle Charles John Biddle Sydney Biddle Barrows Nick Biddle, lead singer of The Naturals External links University of Delaware Library: Special Collections Department--Biddle Family Papers List of Scull family... The University of Pennsylvania (or Penn[3][4]) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Biddle was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps 22 June 1875 and after short tours of duty in Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, made the first of his many tours of sea duty on which he passed nearly half of his active service. After three years on the Hartford and Powhatan, 2nd Lt. Biddle again went ashore for duty at Philadelphia and New York. He returned to sea duty on the Kearsarge in March 1882, and was promoted to first lieutenant in 1884. With a break of less than three years at the same stations as his previous shore duty, he again went to sea for three years on Swarta. He returned to Philadelphia for duty in February 1891, where he was promoted to captain in 1894. He resumed sea duty on board the Baltimore in June 1895, and was shortly afterwards transferred to the Olympia on which he served during the Spanish-American War and participated in the Battle of Manila Bay. Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Two ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Hartford, named in honor of the Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. ... USS Powhatan was a United States Navy sidewheel steam frigate. ... Four commissioned ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Kearsarge. ... 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar. ... First Lieutenant is a military rank. ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... This article concerns the rank and title of Captain. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Six United States Navy ships have been named Baltimore, after the city of Baltimore, Maryland. ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Two vessels of the United States Navy have been named USS Olympia, after the city of Olympia, Washington. ... Combatants United States Republic of Cuba First Philippine Republic Spain Commanders Nelson A. Miles William R. Shafter George Dewey Máximo Gómez Emilio Aguinaldo Patricio Montojo Pascual Cervera Casualties 379 U.S. dead; considerably higher although undetermined Cuban and Filipino casualties Unknown[1] The Spanish-American War took place... The Battle of Manila Bay took place on 1 May 1898 during the Spanish-American War. ...


Soon after the close of the war, Captain Biddle returned to Philadelphia for duty but was soon called to join the Fourth Battalion of Marines organized for duty in the Far East. With that battalion he arrived in China in time to take part in the famous relief expedition to Peking in 1900. After the affairs of the Boxer Rebellion had been somewhat adjusted, Capt. Biddle was transferred with his battalion to the First Brigade of Marines, Philippine Islands, where he served a little over two years, and then returned to the United States for duty at Headquarters. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel 23 March 1903. In December of that year he was sent to Panama in command of the battalion of Marines on the Dixie, which arrived in time to participate in affairs when the independence of that country was declared. He returned to the United States soon afterwards and served for short tours of duty in Philadelphia and at Headquarters, Marine Corps. Beijing (Chinese: 北京; pinyin: Běijīng; Wade-Giles: Pei-ching; Postal System Pinyin: Peking), is the capital city of the Peoples Republic of China. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... Combatants Eight-Nation Alliance (ordered by contribution): Japan Russia United Kingdom France United States Germany Italy Austria-Hungary Righteous Harmony Society Qing China Commanders Edward Seymour Alfred Gaselee Ci Xi Strength 20,000 initially 49,000 total Over 100,000 Casualties 230 foreigners, thousands of civilians Unknown This article is... The Philippine islands is a commonly mistaken description for the Philippines. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


Lieutenant Colonel Biddle was promoted to colonel in February 1905 and during the following year, returned to the Philippine Islands where he commanded the First Brigade of Marines for about two years. He reported for duty at Headquarters in May 1908, and was soon afterwards detailed in Philadelphia and sent to Panama to reinforce the troops protecting the construction of the Canal, and for potential duty in Nicaragua. He returned to Headquarters in April 1910, where he continued to serve the remainder of his active duty. During the closing months of Major General Elliott’s commandancy, Colonel Biddle acted as Commandant most of the time. Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... The Panama Canal (Spanish: ) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. ... George Frank Elliott (1846 - 1931) was a U.S. Marine Corps general. ...


Colonel Biddle was chosen as Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps on 3 February 1911. Col Biddle’s tour of duty as Commandant was a comparatively quiet, short and uneventful one. He concerned himself primarily with the routine affairs of the Corps. Several minor expeditions took place, including the first intervention in Nicaragua. Under his administration, the Advance Base Force, forerunner of today's Fleet Marine Force, was also established in December 1913. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...


After nearly three years in office, Major General Commandant Biddle applied for retirement on the ground of having completed more than thirty years’ service, and he was retired on 24 February 1914. He was recalled for active duty during the World War and served primarily on court-martial duty at San Diego, California. February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire France Italy Russia United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Commanders Ferdinand Foch Georges Clemenceau Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Wilhelm II Paul von Hindenburg... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... It has been suggested that Downtown San Diego be merged into this article or section. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


Major General Biddle died in Nice, France, on 25 February 1923 and was buried a month later in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Night view along the Promenade des Anglais This article is about the city. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... [[ Historical Information Arlington National Cemetery Section 27 Facts Pvt. ...


See also

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References

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  • Major General William P. Biddle, USMC. Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved on 2005-11-26.
Preceded by:
MajGen George F. Elliott
Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
1910–1914
Succeeded by:
MajGen George Barnett

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