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Biddle, Francis
Born May 9, 1886, in Paris, France
Died October 4, 1968, in Wellfleet, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 9, 1939, to a seat vacated by Joseph Buffington. Confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 1939, and received commission on March 4, 1939. Service terminated on January 22, 1940, due to resignation.

Education:
Harvard University, B.A., 1909
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1911

Professional Career:
Personal secretary, Hon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court of the United States, 1911-1912
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1912-1938
U.S. Army, 1918
Special assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1922-1926
Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, 1934-1935
Chief counsel, Special Congressional Committee to Investigate the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1938-1939
Solicitor general of the United States, 1940
Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice, 1940
Attorney General of the United States, 1941-1945
U.S. representative to International Military Tribunal--Nuremburg Trials, 1945-1946
Chairman, Americans for Democratic Action, 1950-1953

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