JOHN BIDDLE - (1859-1936) - Army Engineer, born Detroit, Michigan. Graduated at West Point (1881), in charge of river and harbor work at Nashvilile, Tenn. (1891-1898); chief engineer of volunteers in Spanish-American War, serving in Puerto Rico and Cuba and later in the Philippines. In charge of river and harbor work in San Francisco (1907-1911), and observer with Austro-Hungarian Army (1914-15). Superintendent of West Point (1916-17), commanded brigade of engineer regiments, then acting chief of staff, U.S. Army in Washington. Then (1918) was overseas again in charge of American troops in Grait Britain and Ireland.