Thomas Biddle (War Hero) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Thomas Biddle

Thomas Biddle was an American military hero during the War of 1812. Biddle is better known though for having been killed in a duel with Missouri Congressman Spencer Pettis.

Born: Nov 21, 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: Aug 29, 1831, St. Louis, Missouri
Cause of death: Gunshot during a duel
Resting place: Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality: American
Occupation: U.S. Army officer
Known for: War of 1812 hero, duel with Spencer Pettis
Spouse(s): Ann Mullanphy
Parent(s): Charles and Hannah Biddle.

About Thomas Biddle

Remembered best for his fatal 1831 duel with Missouri politician Spencer Pettis, this Pennsylvania-born man also had a distinguished military career, serving during the War of 1812 in the battles of Stony Creek, Fort George, Fort Erie, and Lundy’s Lane.

Before Fame

As a young United States Army major, he aided General George Izard.


His duel with Spencer Pettis, which resulted in the deaths of both men, was spurred by critical statements Pettis had made about Biddle’s older brother, Nicholas, who was then serving as President of the Second Bank of the United States.

Family Life

He was born into a prominent Pennsylvania Quaker family. In the early 1820s, he married a Missouri millionaire’s daughter named Ann Mullanphy.


During the War of 1812, he served in an infantry unit led by explorer and military man Zebulon Pike.

Information related to Thomas Biddle

  • Burials at Calvary Cemetery (St. Louis)
  • Biddle family
  • Duelling fatalities
  • Military personnel from St. Louis
  • Military personnel from Philadelphia

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Latest information about Thomas Biddle updated on August 28, 2020.

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