Portrait: Charles Biddle by Jacob Eichholtz
The father of state Senator and President of the Second US Bank, Nicholas Biddle, Charles Biddle was Born on December 24, 1745, Philadelphia, the son of William and Mary Scull Biddle. Charles was a mariner merchant’s apprentice, 1759, and a merchant captain from 1762 through the Revolution. During maritime service in Beaufort, North Carolina, he married Hannah Shepard from the same place. He returned to Pennsylvania settling in Reading, 1780; continued military service; elected to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Executive Council after hostilities, 1784; vice president of the Council under Benjamin Franklin, 1785; prothonotary of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, 1791-1809, and member of the state Senate, 1810-1814. Senator Biddle was a founder of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1805; a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati, 1783; treasurer of the organization, 1811; and a director of the Bank of Philadelphia, 1793 until his death, on April 4, 1821.