(1740–1814) Revolutionary army officer, born in Philadelphia. In the Revolutionary War, Gen. Nathanael Greene appointed him as volunteer aide-de-camp (1776). He was also commissary general of forage (1777–80) under Greene. As a successful merchant from a prominent Philadelphia family, Biddle was well placed to provide for the material needs of the Continental Army. Upon Greene's recommendation, Biddle was named quartermaster general and colonel of the Pennsylvania militia (1781), his position until the end of the war.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.