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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.