Biddle, Francis Beverley

Biddle, Francis Beverley,

1886–1968, U.S. Attorney General (1941–45), b. Paris, France, of American parents. Secretary to Associate Justice O. W. HolmesHolmes, Oliver Wendell,
1841–1935, American jurist, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902–32), b. Boston; son of the writer Oliver Wendell Holmes.
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 (1912), he became a successful corporation lawyer. He served as National Labor Relations Board chairman (1934–35) and as appellate judge (1939–40) before succeeding Robert H. JacksonJackson, Robert Houghwout
, 1892–1954, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1941–54), b. Spring Creek, Pa. Despite the fact that he did not have a law degree, he was admitted to the bar in 1913 after a brief period of study at Albany law school.
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 as solicitor general (1940) and as attorney general. Biddle was (1945–46) a U.S. judge for the trial of war criminals at Nuremberg.

Bibliography

See his autobiographical A Casual Past (1961) and In Brief Authority (1962).

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