A. J. Drexel Biddle Edit Profile
Graduated from St. Paul’s School, N.H., 1915. Doctor of Laws, Temple University, 1938. Drexel Institute of Technology, 1955.
Engaged in shipping business. Mining business, South Africa, 1931-1934. Minister to Norway. 1935-1937.
Ambassador to Poland, 1937. Accompanied Polish government in forced move from Warsaw to several capitals in Poland, 1939, and to Angers, France. Interim ambassador, France, 1940, when French government moved seat to Tours, then to Bordeaux.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to goverments Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, also minister to Luxembourg, 1941-1944. Retired from diplomatic service, 1944. Chairman Pennsylvania aeronautics Commission, State Armory Board, Governmental Reorganization Commission.
Ex-officio member State Veterans Commission. Ex-officio member board of trustees Soldiers and Sailors. Home: trustee Temple University Assistant secretary Democratic national convention, Philadelphia, 1936.
Served with United States Army, 1917-1918, advancing to captain. Clubs: Philadelphia, Racquet and Tennis (Philadelphia). Member American court tennis teams competing for Bathurst Cup, 1932, 33, 34.
Married Mary Duke; married second, Margaret Thompson Schulze, 1901.
Palmes d’Academie. Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (France). Grand Cross Order of White Lion, Medal of Merit (1st class) (Czechoslovakia). Medal of Valor, Gold Cross of Merit with crossed swords, Grand Cross Polonia Restituta (Poland).
Order Cross of Yugoslavia, Medal of Merit (1st class) (Yugoslavia). Grand Cross Order of St. Olaf (Norway). Officer Order of Leopold I, Military Order (1st class) (Belgium).
Order British Empire. Commends dell’ Ordine della Corona d’Italia (Italy) Commander Order Couronne de la Chêne (Luxembourg). Grand Cross Orange-Nassau (Netherlands).
Grand Cross Royal Order of Phoenix (Greece). Medal of Military Merit (1st class) (Mexico). Order of Merit (Brazil).
Commander Order of St. Charles (Monaco).