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12/11/2017 Question of the Week

2017-12-11 14:52


This December 17 would have been Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr.'s 120th birthday. 
Biddle gained much of his fame during World War II, just prior to which he served as ambassador to this country that played a crucial part in that war.
Can you guess which one?
Answer: Poland
Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr. (1896-1961) was very active in Democratic politics, including serving as associate secretary of the Democratic National Convention in 1936. His activity in the political arena led to several appointments as a diplomatic officer. He served as minister to Norway, 1935-37, and ambassador to Poland, (1937-Sept. 9, 1939). After the invasion of Poland by the Germans, Biddle accompanied the Polish government to France, where he served as interim ambassador to France. Eventually, he made his way to England, where he served as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States to the governments of Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Luxembourg. He resigned from diplomatic service in 1944, and then served in various positions with the U.S. Army, including as a staff member to General Dwight Eisenhower and General Matthew Ridgway. From 1955 to 1961 he was adjutant general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in 1961 served as U.S. ambassador to Spain.


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