Livingston Ludlow Biddle, American Former government official, author, consultant. Decorated Order of Leopold II Belgium, Jubilee medal, Bulgaria; recipient Philadelphia Athenaeum Best Novel award, 1956. President Children's Service, Inc., Philadelphia, 1960-1962; Chairman of the Board Pennsylvania Ballet, 1971-1972. Member Chevy Chase Club, Washington Club, Cosmos Club, Century Association Club (New York City).
Livingston Ludlow Biddle was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on May 26, 1918. His mother was Euginie Carter Law, and father was Livingston Ludlow Biddle (1877–1959) of the Biddle family of Philadelphia, who published poems such as "The Understanding Hills". Ancestors included grandfather Edward Biddle (1851–1933) who married Emily Taylor Drexel (1851–1883), daughter of Anthony Joseph Drexel, and great grandfather Nicholas Biddle (1786–1844), linking to two major banking families.
AB, Princeton University, 1940. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Mount St. Mary's College, New York, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Catholic University, 1979.
Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Long Island, 1979. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Cincinnati, 1979. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Providence College, 1980.
Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1980. DL (honorary), Drexel University, 1980.
He was also on the tennis team. He went to work as a reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper until World War II broke out. After the war he wrote short stories and four novels set in Philadelphia.
From 1963 to 1965 he worked as staff assistant to Senator Claiborne Pell, who was a classmate from both St. George's and Princeton. He helped draft the legislation creating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the third chairman of the NEA in 1977 and served from 1981.
Biddle married Cordelia Fenton who died in 1972. She taught art in the Washington, DC public schools from the 1950s to 1974. He died May 3, 2002. A series features the fictitious Philadelphia character Martha Beale.
President Children's Service, Inc., Philadelphia, 1960-1962. Chairman of the Board Pennsylvania Ballet, 1971-1972. Member Chevy Chase Club, Washington Club, Cosmos Club, Century Association Club (New York City).
Married Cordelia Frances Fenton, March 15, 1945 (deceased May 1972). Children: Cordelia Frances, Livingston Ludlow IV. Married Catharina Van Beek Baart, November 3, 1973.